Man arrested for buying cup meant for ¥100 coffee but pouring ¥150 latte into it

By Koh Ruide, SoraNews24

It’s not hard to get coffee on the cheap in Japan, with some convenience stores even offering the full coffee experience for a fraction of the usual price in other places. These affordable beverages are often sold for 100 yen, and buying them is as simple as bringing the provided empty cup to the cash register, paying for it, then heading over to the coffee machine to fill it up.

Yet one 62-year-old male employee from the city of Nakagawa in Kyushu thought he could stretch the limit of his 100 yen. Instead of filling up his cup with the allocated drip coffee, he shrewdly poured himself a cup of caffè latte, which usually costs a little more, at 150 yen for the frothy milky goodness that comes with it.

▼ Is skimping on 50 yen worth the arrest?

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When initially approached by the store’s owner on Jan 21, the man, who also happened to be a regular customer, claimed that he pressed the wrong button on the coffee machine. He changed his story once the police arrived though, admitting that it was not his first time getting a free upgrade to a smooth cup of latte intentionally.

Investigations are still ongoing to determine how much money he essentially stole from the convenience store, but some netizens joked that coffee machines should have more labels than they already have to prevent such incidents from occurring again.

Netizens could imagine these things happening on a frequent basis:

“There’s bound to be people who do that.”

“The cashiers are too busy to be tasked with pouring coffee. But when I was working at a convenience store, I saw a ton of people going for the expensive options. Just install dispensing machines already.”

“How did he get found out?”

“Replying to the above, apparently staff were watching him during previous attempts, but this time the manager caught him red-handed while dressed in plain clothes.”

Source: Livedoor News, NHK via My Game News Flash

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© SoraNews24

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In my city (LA) the police would laugh their arses off for a call of service like that.

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Heaven help us...come Olympics time kobans will be full of foreign criminals who pressed a wrong button on a conbini coffee machine.

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I was given a smaller cup when I ordered a large coffee. Didn't notice until I saw the coffee fill to the brim. The small 7/11 cup actually can hold a large coffee portion. Not really worth the risk of embarrassment (or even arrest!) to save 50 yen. But I imagine some people may have figured this out and do it regularly.

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Heaven help us...come Olympics time kobans will be full of foreign criminals who pressed a wrong button on a conbini coffee machine.

EXACTLY! That's what I was thinking..

In my city (LA) the police would laugh their arses off for a call of service like that.

For sure. Just goes to show what a "tough" job it is being a cop in Japan..

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Meanwhile, as this guy is busted for getting some frothy milky goodness on the sly, the convenience store is slyly selling sandos with all the goo concentrated in the middle to give the appearance, when cut in half, that all of the bread has the same proportion of filling--instead of the bare outer areas of bread you usually find. They're being just as dishonest.

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I just remembered, maybe a week or so ago, at the Family Mart in front of Hachioji station, I approached the counter, handed over a 100 yen coin, and asked for an "s size blendo". The obasan said "make sure you push the s button". Then she said "the s botton" again and actually drew an s in the air with her finger. I was pissed and made several loud comments as I made my small coffee. I also noticed that she didn't do that to the few other customers how about coffee while I was there. Maybe my Hermes bag, my several gold rings, and my Louis Vuitton scarf made me look like someone who needed to steal half a cup of coffee.

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it's not because of the 50 yen, he's a known serial thief

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50 yen. Wow.

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In the meantime politicians and shady business people steal hundreds of thousands or millions of yen from others every year and don't get arrested.

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maybe he didn't read the article

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The small 7/11 cup actually can hold a large coffee portion.

They could use multiple cup size to avoid this kind of incident instead only have one cup for all. They could also use can use coin operated coffee machine but they choose self service coffee machine.

By the time someone abuse their self-service coffee machine, they'll give that to authority that will use tax payer money to take care that culprit.

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Amazing. I would never believe that ¥50 could be the difference between captivity and freedom.

I will admit that in the past I have used the L button on a R size cup for hot coffee. The reason is because I drink my coffee black and the R button leaves an incredible amount of room for milk while the L button makes it just right.

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Stealing is not tolerated in Japan regardless of the amount of the item. So was the convenient store manager in the right for addressing this & calling the police ??? YES - If he didn't he could loose his job for allowing customers to steal from the store. When I was a little guy growing up in New York sure as a kid my friends and I would take a candy bar from the candy store sometimes it was a normal thing for kids to do BUT as you get older and mature into a man you stop doing all the silly stuff you did as a child. This guy at the ripe old age of 62 should not be doing such things. Now look at all the fuss behind 50 Yen. GOOD CATCH by the Manager.

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Again, as with all other SoraNews articles, I wonder whether this actually happened. Was this alleged thief actually arrested.

BTW, in the coffee machine picture, which button is for latte?

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Yes, it actually happened.

Does he deserve to be arrested? If it were the first time I'd say no, even if he did it intentionally. I think police taking his name and photo and then letting him go with a warning would have been enough -- plus the store maybe banning him. But since he admitted to having done it before... well...

I've hit the wrong button before. Ordered a large coffee and instead of hot I hit "ice". I mentioned I accidentally did it and the shop gave me a new cup to do it right, for which I thanked them, embarrassed, and offered to pay for a new one (which they refused). People, I think, are pretty honest about mistakes, and make those mistakes honestly, and some probably Don't notice at all and walk out. People who do this intentionally and try to get away with it are cheap morons, and I'm glad at the very least he'll have a stern talking to by police.

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Blame the coffee then for giving pleasure.

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Furthermore, I found that out simply because I pressed the wrong button while rushing to work last week.

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He will probably get jail time, loose his job his accomodation be an outcast. Be found dangling under a bridge. He should have embezzled millions from his company defrauded tax payer money, caused an environmental disaster. Suspended sentence and a bow. Takes time but eventually the legal system becomes clear.

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if you did this at random convenience stores it wouldn't be a problem, but he kept doing it at the same one, that's why he got caught

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^^^^ That would appear to be the hot/cold L/R blend coffee machine only.

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who bought, not how about, damn ESL phone

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If these shops are that bothered about the theft of small amounts of coffee why don't they use machines that sense the size of the cup and dispense the correct drink automatically? Or just make them vending machines? Or have the staff dispense the drink? Or only have one size of drink? Instead, we get ludicrous-looking machines like the one in the picture.

I prefer tea anyway.

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For my 100 yen I only only got half a paper cupful the other day and complained. The woman asked me if I had pressed the ice coffee button by mistake. Duh, obviously I had. :headbang:

Which just goes to show that people will complain if they get too little, but not usually if they get too much.

In our Conbini the machines both face away from the staff, making it easy on everyone. It assumes a measure of trust in human nature, and a willingness to absorb petty criminality. Where the machines are placed facing the poor staff, they are subconsciously forced to glance over, taking on the added role of police.

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Which just goes to show that people will complain if they get too little, but not usually if they get too much.

Not when it comes to coffee. If you order an espresso/long black and get a mug of p*ss so weak you can see the bottom of the cup chances are you'll complain and/or never come back. That's if you like coffee.

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Guilty, here. Yours truly did exactly that, by mistake once. Went over to the garçon who just gave me a wink and said daijobudesu.

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Now all we have to do now is sit back and wait for ALL combini stores to remove the self serve option of buying the ice cups and pouring the drink yourself because of this one guy. Very soon, all the machines will be behind the counters. Watch and see. Hence the saying "one bad apple......"

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This isn't about the amount, stealing in any form or amount is still stealing.

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I'm surprised the guy admitted to it.

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Or does everyone that's pro-latte-thief here feel like it's okay to steal repeatedly as long as it's not too much?

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Just to get extra water....

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the people that actually buy these conveni coffee already must be so poor and beat down by life... I find it ridiculous and sad that they actually charge 50yen for whats about 5 yen in actual worth...

just make it all 100Y and let people choose whatever their worth..

If I was a honest cop, I would arrest the store owner instead for wasting police force time.

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So this old geezer will be spending time in the nick for not spending an extra 50 yen to fill it to the brim. This coffee maker appears easy to follow, and I'm sure this is just for the coffee and not the latte. Yes, stealing is stealing. I kind of wonder why he didn't just pay the 50 yen. I would have for making that mistake. Great for the manager to catch him in the act with the guy's cup of J. I'm sure he got the jitters and more so in the nick.

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the fifty yen he got caught stealing this time is not the point. he's done it repeatedly, he's a serial criminal

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What's the point? The pleasure of coffee is the pleasure of coffee in a nice china cup and saucer as part of morning service at friendly coffee shop.

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