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Man arrested for stealing rice ball after taking part in ramen contest in Yamagata

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A 53-year-old man was arrested on Monday on suspicion of theft, after a convenience store employee saw him take a rice ball set from the shelves and leave the store without paying. Police said the employee held the man until police arrived.

Tokusuke Ogawa, unemployed and of no fixed address, told police he took the wrong train from Akita on Saturday. He said that after getting off the train in Shinjo City, Yamagata Prefecture, and paying the train fare, he had less than 100 yen on him.

Ogawa told police he took part in a ramen speed-eating contest organized by Shinjo City on Sunday in conjunction with the Shinjo Snow Festival. Ogawa said that he was able to fill himself up and enjoy the festival, but that he became hungry again later that night.

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Wow. File under "Slow News Day"...

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Bored shop clerk commended for heroic behaviour, pins down undernourished old man.

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Where did he place in the ramen-eating contest?

How about publishing the names of the winners?

Also a link to the website for this ramen-eating festival for interested readers.

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an old homeless guy knocks off an onigiri so the staff calls the coppers ??? hope he got fired for heartlessness,just taking it back off him and snarling would have sufficed,surely..

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What was the estimated value of the rice ball?

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The irony is the store would probably have thrown away the onigiri at the end of the day anyway.

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What was the estimated value of the rice ball?

A pittance, compared with what involving the police and all the attendant paperwork and legal gyrations will cost.

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"just taking it back off him and snarling would have sufficed, surely"

THat reminds me of the scene in Black Rain:

Masa Matsumoto: Theft is theft. There is no gray area.

Nick: Hey, Masa, New York is one big gray area, OK?

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A pittance, compared with what involving the police and all the attendant paperwork and legal gyrations will cost.>

Which just goes to show that crime doesn't pay.

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Send me the bill for the Rice ball I'll pay for it.

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Free riceballs in the holding cell!

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Good One Sarge!! OTFLMAO

Tezbo

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Good to see JT is covering the big issues facing Japan today.

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throw the book at him

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My god, what an overkill.

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If he goes to jail he will get three hots and a cot. Not a bad trade, ne?

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Kudos for this one - this gave me a good laugh! (And I wonder what hotdog-sucking champ Kobayashi-san would have to say about this! Haha - again thanks for this one- LOL) :)

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shoguinn1 at 11:22 AM JST - 17th February

Send me the bill for the Rice ball I'll pay for it.

Hey me too - I'll buy that dude one rice ball haha :p

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Why is this news? Oh right we're in a look-for-trite-recession-anecdote frenzy these days, carry on.

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Another unemployed and take my word this is only beginning of 2009. If he stole from me 'rice ball' I wouldn't call police but will give him some other food, and than will kick him out from store. Why bother calling police when person hasn't got a job and money? I'm sure that next time he will walk instead of taking train.

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Next time he should grab a small bowl of soup, drink it quick, and evidence will be washed out.

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Oh wow, crime of the century!

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right after that he was going to park his bicycle illegally...

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Greedy bastard!!! throw as shoe at him...

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