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Man says ‘Sorry, I’m hungry,’ before robbing Gunma convenience store

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A man robbed a convenience store in Isesaki City, Gunma Prefecture, on Thursday morning, telling the female employee, “Sorry, I’m hungry,” before fleeing with several grocery items.

According to police, the incident occurred at a 7-Eleven store just before 3 a.m., local media reported.

Police said the man entered the store and wandered around for a few minutes. He then told the employee there was mold on some bread and led her to the bread and pastry corner. He pulled out a knife, and apologized, saying he was hungry. The man told the employee to fill a plastic bag with bread and other grocery items, after which he left the store, got into a car and drove away.

The employee, who was not injured, immediately called 110.

Police said they are examining store surveillance camera footage to try and identify the man as well as street camera footage to identify the car

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Man says ‘Sorry, I’m hungry,’ before robbing Gunma convenience store

Les Misérables?

Japan deserves a revolution to throw out the LDP kleptocracy but I don't think one is coming anytime soon.

14 ( +22 / -8 )

Was there nowhere he could go to get community assistance for food donations? There are such places in major cities in Australia.

At least he was not after money, just food for survival it seems. And he apologized about it so he has some form of moral code.

An individual fallen on hard times. I hope they dont go too hard on him when found, and let him know where to get assistance in future if he is out of food and money to buy some.

12 ( +15 / -3 )

Peter14Today  04:56 pm JST

Was there nowhere he could go to get community assistance for food donations? There are such places in major cities in Australia.

At least he was not after money, just food for survival it seems. And he apologized about it so he has some form of moral code.

An individual fallen on hard times. I hope they dont go too hard on him when found, and let him know where to get assistance in future if he is out of food and money to buy some.

He is probably homeless. Many of them are too ashamed to seek help.

On two occasions, I offered food to homeless men in Tokyo and both times they said 'eranaiii!

Go figure.

-8 ( +2 / -10 )

He had a car and probably wasn't homeless.

7 ( +15 / -8 )

If someone is genuinely starving and homeless, stealing a bit of bread - if there were no welfare services available - can be forgiven. Pulling a knife on an innocent store clerk, however, is unforgiveable. That trauma can last a very long time.

10 ( +14 / -4 )

He had a car and probably wasn't homeless.

There are PLENTY of homeless in Japan that literally live out of their cars. Never safe to assume anything either way.

12 ( +16 / -4 )

He didn't have to use the knife. The female employee might have given him something to eat.

12 ( +13 / -1 )

Why not take one of the succulent, juicy, crispy chicken under the heat lamp?

0 ( +6 / -6 )

Why not take one of the succulent, juicy, crispy chicken under the heat lamp?

Maybe he was one of those vegan freaks. Starving, but won't eat meat....

-7 ( +6 / -13 )

If he can afford gasoline he can afford food. Go to jail.

-6 ( +5 / -11 )

No soup kitchens in Japan?

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Les Miserables indeed :( . A most sad story. Nobody should have to go hungry in any civilised country. As he used a deadly weapon, his crime is pretty serious unfortunately...

6 ( +8 / -2 )

It appears to me that the guy was hungry or perhaps his family was hungry. A man is going to do what he has to do to survive or provide for family. The only items the man took was food it is great that he did not hurt the store clerk in a physical way but pulling a knife out could be more damaging mentally because wounds heal mental wounds are the worst kind people don't forget those. I have read many post saying he had a car, do we not know if the car was stolen, desperate times make people do desperate things. Most criminals I think don't show any compassion for their victims this guy did say I am sorry. He didn't take any money or rob anyone on the street. For me I am thinking he is not a career criminal but one who is to ashamed to go seek out help. I think his apologizing behavior was of guilt and empathy but due to his circumstances which we don't know. I also think using the knife he may have been trying to mitigate his own fear of harm because he probably didn't know what the clerks reaction would be therefore he use it to establish a sense of control of the situation or use the knife as a tactic to distract the clerk to create momentary confusion to facilitate his escape. back to the car. Regardless he was wrong but desperate times people do desperate things if caught he could face arm robbery , with an additional charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Why use a knife? Couldnt he have just stuck a bunch of stuff in a bag and legged it?

7 ( +9 / -2 )

Since he had a car, he must be lying about being hungry.

-9 ( +2 / -11 )

I'd have a bit more respect if he didn't speed off in a car, but perhaps he stole that too. :)

-4 ( +3 / -7 )

On two occasions, I offered food to homeless men in Tokyo and both times they said 'eranaiii!

Go figure.

Homeless people have pride as well. A stranger, much less a foreigner, offering unsolicited food is not the best approach. Homeless doesn't equal being a beggar. If you want to help, there are plenty of organizations that seek volunteers and donations.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Have a car, pull out a knive and have the nerve to say "Sorry, I'm hungry"???...

Get a job, pathetic loser..

Police will get that clown soon..

-8 ( +2 / -10 )

@peter14

Was there nowhere he could go to get community assistance for food donations? There are such places in major cities in Australia.

JAPAN is not australia.

0 ( +5 / -5 )

Since he had a car, he must be lying about being hungry

That's ridiculous to assume

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Have a car, pull out a knive and have the nerve to say "Sorry, I'm hungry"???...

Get a job, pathetic loser..

Probably not living in Tokyo because if you were you might be familiar with the hardships of Japan's working poor living with jobs with non-living wages.

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20230710/p2a/00m/0na/020000c

Regular workers account for 20% of food bank users in Tokyo amid rising prices: survey

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Armed robbery is more serious than robbery.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Simply shoplifting the food would have been the better choice of two evils. Unlikely the clerk would have challenged him.

S

2 ( +3 / -1 )

He has a car but he's hungry? That's not possible. You can just eat your car if you're really that hungry. Plenty of nutrients too.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Armed robbery is more serious than robbery.

What's the point in stating the obvious? Everyone here knows that threatening violence with a dangerous weapon in a robbery is "more serious" than someone just walking in an stealing something.

What's the point?

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

He is probably homeless. Many of them are too ashamed to seek help.

On two occasions, I offered food to homeless men in Tokyo and both times they said 'eranaiii!

Go figure.

Well. I'm cooking for homeless in Tokyo for past 3 years regularly, and just 1-2 times they said "I don't want". When I approached them a little bit too fast, and probably they got scared of 'Gaijin' with bread in hands, or they just do not want receive food for any other reasons. There is a lot of people, who seeking for help and food, and not enough shelters or food banks around. Some of those people are 80-90 yo, some of them are teenagers/early 20'. Some of them have houses, but not enough money to buy even cheapest meal. Some of them can live in cars, street, under boxes. Each person has different story behind their unhoused situation. In Japan is serious problem, and they not getting enough help. Just around Shinjuku station you have around 150 people AT LEAST.

Some of unhoused people are working, usually gang related companies are hiring them for 100-1000JPY per day. Not everyone, but some of them are as well mentally ill, ot disabled. In this case, reaching for help is almost impossible - make some research about situation of people with mental disabilities. It's not Europe, were you getting benefits to help you get through life.

Threatening with knife is not to justify, but... If you see someone stealing food, you do not see anything. Got it?

2 ( +2 / -0 )

The situation certainly evokes empathy, as the man's apology and admission of hunger humanize his actions. It's evident that his desperation led him to resort to theft, specifically of food items, which adds a layer of understanding to his circumstances. It's crucial to address the underlying issues driving such behavior while ensuring the safety of all involved.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

The situation certainly evokes empathy, as the man's apology and admission of hunger humanize his actions. It's evident that his desperation led him to resort to theft, specifically of food items, which adds a layer of understanding to his circumstances. It's crucial to address the underlying issues driving such behavior while ensuring the safety of all involved.

In a perfect world, the person working there would have stopped and said; "Hold on, I have a guano load of food in the back that I have to toss away because the 1 hour shelf life expired" "I'll give it to you if you promise not to say anything"

I have a friend who does this with the expired food at the convenience store he manages, late at night, near a large park down here. The owner turns a blind eye to it, as it is ALWAYS caught on camera, but they are in cahoots together in helping feed some pretty desperate people, who wont complain about getting 2 minute old expired food!

Now for safeties sake, I deny all knowledge of this personally and just am sharing a 4th or 5th person story!

A.K.A. "Urban Legend"

1 ( +3 / -2 )

Just steal the food and don’t threaten anyone. Hell, there’s career criminals of this type in the US, walk in, grab stuff, walk out. No need for violence or threats, but the apology is good.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

'Sorry, I'm hungry.'

He's going to sorry now in prison. Just wait, he'll get at least one meal every day but there's no guarantee that it'll be palatable.

Big Dummy.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

''Sorry I'm hungry''

But he had fuel to steal bread.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

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