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Man arrested for pepper spraying customers at supermarket in Gifu

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Police in Kitagata, Gifu Prefecture, have arrested a 25-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of forcible obstruction of business after he pepper sprayed employees and customers at a supermarket in August.

According to police, the suspect -- whose name has not been released -- has admitted to the crime, saying that he wanted to see the expression on a woman’s face as she choked on the spray, Sankei Shimbun reported.

The incident occurred at around 10:25 a.m. at Kanesue supermarket on Aug 6. The suspect pepper sprayed the area near the woman who was standing beside a cash register. A total of 11 employees and customers, including five children, felt throat pain and were taken to hospital.  

Because of the spray, the store had to dispose of about 220,000 products worth around 29.9 million yen, and close for two days.

Police said the pepper spray used in the crime was purchased online. Footage of the suspect shopping after the incident was found on surveillance cameras in the store.

The man was arrested for a separate crime in October for spraying a substance near the feet of an eight-year-old girl at a shopping mall in Ogaki, Gifu Prefecture, in September.

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This idiot is a monster and they need to lock him away.

he wanted to see the expression on a woman’s face

Watch a movie or find an online video.

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Like I said, it's getting crazy out there with these random attacks and incidents.

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Like I said, it's getting crazy out there with these random attacks and incidents.

How do you define "crazy"?

I mean, at a glace your comment looks silly, considering Japan is one of the safest countries in the world, in which the likelihood of being around such an incident is smaller than pretty much every other country on the planet.

But then, I realized that I guess without an object definition of "getting crazy", I can't argue with your point, because I'm not sure what that means.

Which is why I'm asking for clarification.

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The guy was ratcheting up his experiences-better to have stopped him before something much worse...

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“Forcible obstruction of business” that truly is the blanket arrest reason. Pretty scary.

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Hopefully an assault charge will follow.

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 the suspect -- whose name has not been released --

Why? There should be a mug shot and name to go along with every article about the incident.

has admitted to the crime, saying that he wanted to see the expression on a woman’s face as she choked on the spray.

I wouldn't mind seeing the expression on the criminal's face as he chokes on gun being shoved in his mouth.

A total of 11 employees and customers, including five children, felt throat pain and were taken to hospital. 

Because of the spray, the store had to dispose of about 220,000 products worth around 29.9 million yen, and close for two days.

Good job, you just inconvenienced and possibly wrecked the lives of all these people involved. Hope you feel good about yourself, big man!

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