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Man breaks into school to recover stuff teacher took from him…over 40 years ago

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By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

Growing up, pretty much everyone has been in a classroom where a student gets caught with something they shouldn’t have brought to school, and then the teacher confiscates the item. That common scenario played out one day at a junior high school in the town of Mikasa, in Japan’s northern prefecture of Hokkaido, with a male student whose name hasn’t been released, whom we’ll call “Taro.”

It’s not clear what exactly was confiscated from Taro, but whatever it was, he wanted it back. So last week, while the school was closed for winter vacation, Taro, accompanied by his girlfriend, snuck into the school, with his eventual goal for the caper being to recover his contraband. The two managed to get inside one of the school’s staff rooms, but it wasn’t long until an employee who was on the premises heard them talking loudly and called the police to report the intruders. Oblivious to the approach of law enforcement, the couple was still in the school when officers arrived on the scene and arrested them for trespassing.

Getting the police involved, as opposed to calling the couple’s parents and telling them to come pick up their misbehaving children, might seem like overkill, as may arresting them instead of suspending them from school. The thing is, though, Taro is 63 years old, and his girlfriend is 58. Yes, both of them attended the school they broke into, but they also both graduated from it well over 40 years ago.

Life doesn’t seem to have taken the pair far from their childhood homes, as they both live in Iwamizawa, the city neighboring Mikasa to the east. The ire Taro felt from having whatever his teacher took taken from him also appears to still be something he holds close in his heart, considering the lengths he went to in his attempt to recover it. It’s unclear whether or not he expected the trading card, dirty magazine, Game Boy, or whatever the item was, to still be sitting in a storage closet after more than four decades, but he also said he was hoping to find his teacher’s contact information in the school’s files, perhaps in order to personally ask him to return it.

Still, considering his current age, it seems like the wiser thing for Taro to do would have been to simply call the school or walk in like a fully grown adult and politely ask for his stuff back. As for why he didn’t, both Taro and his girlfriend were intoxicated at the time of their arrest, so it seems like this may be a case of two people reminiscing about their student days while getting both liquored and worked up, then deciding “We should break into the school and get my stuff back!”, which is the sort of thing that really only ever sounds like a good idea to teenagers and drunk people.

Source: Hokkaido News UHB via Yahoo! Japan News via Hachima KikoSTV

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Cue the theme from Frozen, “Let it go!”

6 ( +8 / -2 )

Bevis and Butthead live. His confiscated items are probably still there. That would be icing on this cupcake.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Who’s this girlfriend in her 50s that agreed to do something so absurd?

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Its a crime but had to laugh at this.

Deffo boozed up thinking its a good idea bless em

11 ( +12 / -1 )

When I was a kid, a middle aged man broke into our school at night because he wanted to sit at his old desk. I don't know if he was drunk.

10 ( +10 / -0 )

Is it bad that I kind of find the story cute?

Could be a scene from a movie about 2 best friends.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

If you enjoyed that, check out the wonderful 2020 Kdrama '18 Again'.

My school only ever had one proper reunion. More than three decades after I left, I went back and sat in a chair in exactly the same place, in the same room that I used to for Eng. Lit.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

LOL! Just how much did he have to drink?!

4 ( +5 / -1 )

This made me laugh. So cute.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

I am shocked that they confiscate things in a free society. Although I am used to it from my childhood times behind the iron curtain where it was usual the school bags to be checked and confiscate things the teacher regarded inappropriate, especially if those were from Western countries, a better pen, more delicious candy, a small matchbox model toy car and such for example. The upmost and worst were anything printed materials from outside , not contrary political ones, those were of course a taboo completely but let’s say rare newsmagazine or fashion pages or pictures of rock and pop music idols etc. In those ‘bigger’ cases it was even noted on special pages in the class’ journal and it became a strong and accusing discussion with parents or even them scolded at their workplace for a not enough socialist education of their children up to interrupted careers for the parents and the school kid in the future. Quite hard and strange times, yes, good that this is now quickly forgotten history. But now I have to read that it is not so different in the free world either, that’s really quite a culture shock for me today…

1 ( +4 / -3 )

Just speculating, but it sounds to me those two love birds had a few drinks too many together and then had a great time being stupid. Great story.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Cool girlfriend to go along with that harebrained idea!

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Have to admit, it’s funny. Criminal, yes but not quite on the scale of the great train robbery! Drunken idiots behaving idiotically, let them dry out and I am sure they will be very sorry for their foolish actions. A good telling off and report to the Headmaster perhaps?

5 ( +5 / -0 )

This is so absurd and silly but so amusing at the same time. He waited 40 years before deciding that he wanted his stuff back? What made him think it would even still be there?!?!?

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Wonderful story, such nostalgic memories the couple must have felt!

All the best to them.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

She’s a keeper…

4 ( +4 / -0 )

just a couple reliving their glory days.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

This is gold.......

Knocking down a few beverages.....then thinking "Stuff it.....I want my stuff back......let's go get it" hahaha

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 The two managed to get inside one of the school’s staff rooms, but it wasn’t long until an employee who was on the premises heard them talking loudly 

Classic. Like the two never quite grew up.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Sont think Gameboys were around 40 years ago.

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