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Osaka woman gives foreigner Uber Eats worker fake money

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By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

On April 29 last year, a 20-something woman living in Osaka’s Taisho Ward decided to order some ice cream through Uber Eats. As a matter of fact, she decided to order a lot, six containers coming to a total cost of 4,225 yen.

Her order allowed her to pay cash, and when the delivery person came to the door, she handed him a 10,000-yen bill. Well, actually she handed him a counterfeit 10,000-yen bill, but she didn’t think he’d be able to tell it was a fake. Why?

Because he was a foreigner.

The woman, then a college student, had had a previous Uber Eats order delivered by a different foreigner who’d given her the incorrect amount of change (presumably more than he should have). On the day she ordered the ice cream, she did some checking online and, based on the information she gathered, predicted that her delivery person that day would once again be a foreigner. Prior to his arrival, she used her apartment scanner/printer to make a double-sided color copy of a 10,000-yen bill on printer paper which she cut out with a pair of scissors, later admitting “I didn’t think he’d be able to tell it was fake.”

But while quickly counting out change can get a little tricky when you’re using the currency of a country other than the one you grew up in, it doesn’t take nearly as much cultural immersion to notice the tactile and visual differences between legal tender and printer paper. There’s also the fact that, foreigner or not, the Uber Eats delivery person deals with yen bills every day. He realized right away that the woman was trying to pull a scam and called the cops on her, whereupon she was charged with production and usage of counterfeit currency.

The woman was confined to her home starting in November, and last month a verdict was handed down in her trial at the Osaka district court, finding her guilty of the crimes she was charged with. During the proceedings, it was pointed out that between monthly payments from her parents to help pay for her living expenses and her part-time job, the woman, who lives by herself, was not dealing with financial difficulties that would have prevented her from paying for her ice cream honestly, and also that she decided to try to dupe the deliver person specifically because he was a foreigner.

Counterfeiting carries some serious legal penalties in Japan, with no maximum limit on the number of years of imprisonment if the accused is found guilty. The judge handed down a sentence of three years in prison, suspended for four years providing the woman stays in good legal standing in light of remorse she showed during the trial.

Source: The Sankei News via Yahoo! Japan NewsHachima Kiko

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@LDTM, if it were me i would have given her a slap on the wrist too. Maybe i am just too soft, but i wouldn't want to send someone to prison just because they act a bit stupid in life when ordering ice cream. We human beings have to be a bit forgiving too once in awhile. She probably learn her lesson anyway and pay a hefty fine in cases like these.

I bet she couldn't sleep at all while awaiting the result of her trial. I would have been a nervous wreck if i had to wait weeks for the result. She should thank the heaven and cry her eyes out.

-13 ( +10 / -23 )

Well, actually she handed him a counterfeit 10,000-yen bill, but she didn’t think he’d be able to tell it was a fake. Why?Because he was a foreigner.

All of these scam awareness posters in stations, banks and post offices with shadowy figures out to defraud usually Japanese senior victims.

Yet, admittedly anecdotally, the fraud against foreigners by Japanese through the "trainee" program, shady educational institutions and teaching gigs and housing seems much more rife.

-2 ( +8 / -10 )

Downgrade your dreams to vanilla, sugar.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

I'd be suspicious of anyone ordering ice cream via Uber and then paying with a 10,000yen bill.

-3 ( +6 / -9 )

The woman was confined to her home starting in November, and last month a verdict was handed down in her trial at the Osaka district court, finding her guilty of the crimes she was charged with.

This is just wrong on so many levels. If it had been a guy, or heaven forbid a "foreigner" caught doing doing this, they would have thrown them in jail and grilled their arses off, and treated them like a ring leader of a drug cartel.

Also, since she was found guilty, why hasn't she been named here? Someone pulled some serious strings to keep her name out of the press!

11 ( +25 / -14 )

Counterfeiting carries some serious legal penalties in Japan...

The judge handed down a sentence of three years in prison, suspended for four years ...

Apparently, it doesn't.

9 ( +23 / -14 )

""with no maximum limit on the number of years of imprisonment""

I can't even imagine what would the sentencing be if this was #1 a male, #2 a foreigner.

2 ( +15 / -13 )

On April 29 last year, 

a year old story, ok......

a woman decided to order some ice ream through Uber Eats. As a matter of fact, she decided to order a lot, six containers coming to a total cost of 4,225 yen.

I don't know what was worse. That she planned to eat 4000 yen worth of ice cream.

 she used her apartment scanner/printer to make a double-sided color copy of a 10,000-yen bill on printer paper

or this......

either way, definitely a genius at work here.

PLEASE post the mug shot..........

3 ( +8 / -5 )

The point here is that this degenerate did not think a foreigner would know how a 10,000 yen note feels like. Obviously being inferior to Japanese, foreigners do not earn enough to ever see a note of such high value!

1 ( +14 / -13 )

Not much of a disincentive. I wonder if the police first arrested the foreign delivery guy?

-2 ( +10 / -12 )

@Hiro

Thats because your Japanese man that doesn't respect foreigners.

In fact the charges should be more severe due to the fact i was premeditated crime of prejudice and forgery and fraud.

-3 ( +12 / -15 )

Being non-Japanese attracts sooo much attention every day in so many (mostly negative) ways here. This story comes to light a year after the fact, but it's all over TV immediately if the roles had been reversed, and the perp doesn't get off lightly like this woman.

-8 ( +5 / -13 )

Amazing she got away with this slap on the wrist for a crime that has the potential for more punishment than murder, but it's likely because she only duped a foreigner. And I'm sure her "remorse" was genuine and not just shock and embarrassment at getting caught and having the cops called by a foreigner.

1 ( +12 / -11 )

She’s a dumb kid who made a very dumb mistake. I’m sure all the legal proceedings scared her strait. I probably would have handed down the same sentence if I were the judge.

-5 ( +5 / -10 )

Living in Japan for 15 years I often felt the locals believed I had no clue about anything. For example, can't use chopsticks (yes, after 15 years), can't understand or speak Japanese, don't know how to put out the rubbish.

6 ( +16 / -10 )

I don't use cash anymore, so I need to be careful about this. I only use payment apps or bitcoin.

Bought my last car here with bitcoin. Much easier than carrying cash to the dealer.

-6 ( +3 / -9 )

So according to the Japanese article she got 80,000 yen by her parents every month, they also pay her tuition and she earns somewhere from 70,000 to 80,000 yen every month from her part-time job. No money issues, enough money on hand to actually pay for the order...

Still she knowingly targeted a foreigner assuming that she would be able to pay with a fake bill without him noticing. Had she tried this with regular food because she had next to no money left at that time, I could at least somewhat understand her actions, but what she did is inexcusable. Also I'd say she only showed remorse because she got caught and not because she felt actually bad for what she did. All things considered only a suspended sentence seems too light to me. I would have expected at least some kind of fine here.

-4 ( +7 / -11 )

I'm sure she's learned her lesson. That defrauding a non-Japanese is met with hardly any consequences. She can go into politics or get involved in "trainee" programs.

Interesting to see comments approving of the court's leniency. Wonder how she compares to people from poor and/or wartorn countries who ended up in detention centers for "playing the system".

-4 ( +9 / -13 )

This is just wrong on so many levels. If it had been a guy, or heaven forbid a "foreigner" caught doing doing this, they would have thrown them in jail and grilled their arses off, and treated them like a ring leader of a drug cartel.

Also, since she was found guilty, why hasn't she been named here? Someone pulled some serious strings to keep her name out of the press!

agree 100%

Not much of a disincentive. I wonder if the police first arrested the foreign delivery guy?

It would not surprise me one bit.

Thats because your Japanese man that doesn't respect foreigners.

In fact the charges should be more severe due to the fact i was premeditated crime of prejudice and forgery and fraud.

Well said!!

-4 ( +7 / -11 )

I'd like to see more Japanese not support invasive foreign companies like Foodneko or Uber and start using Japanese alternatives such as Demaecan.

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

How I am surprised about article ?

A girl that admits some information she can retain : how she forged the bill. Any person with a minimal brain would say you got it from somewhere else.

A girl so stupid to try to scam a person with a piece of paper.

Consideration that a foreigner is by definition often stupid (article would never have made it if Uber delivery man was Japanese).

That it is a high crime to use a sheet of standard paper for money : how on Earth can even someone would not notice ? (Police in my country would laught at you if you are so dumb to ever accept. They would tell you to just ask for real money...).

Harshness of sentence : just to see police would have scared her the hell out of her for her life. Instead Japanese paid civil servants a nice sum for no purpose at all, while other any other incident is more serious and is left under the carpet. She was not going into a foregery career, I can tell you (do I need ?).

-6 ( +2 / -8 )

And this happened over a year ago.

You'd think they would know how old she was by now.

This article is somewhat extremely insulting towards foreigners and makes it seem ok to fraudulently rob a delivery person with homemade counterfeit currency and is especially ok because they're a foreigner.

Meaning that foreigners are targeted for crimes in Japan.

0 ( +7 / -7 )

HiroToday  07:18 am JST

@LDTM, if it were me i would have given her a slap on the wrist too. Maybe i am just too soft, but i wouldn't want to send someone to prison just because they act a bit stupid in life when ordering ice cream. 

Do you know what the penalty is for passing on a counterfeit bill?

It can be the same as she was facing.

So her little icecream purchase could have not been noticed by the foreigner until he passed the bill on and he gets arrested.

And I doubt the police or prosecutors are going to believe that he didn't print it up himself!

So how many years in prison do you think he would get and then deported!

She should have been punished to the full extent because she could have ruined someone else's life!

5 ( +10 / -5 )

Meaning that foreigners are targeted for crimes

Sadly despite the constant propaganda, with clearly foreign looking criminals on warning posters, NHK dramas making foreigners the villains or the general belief.

Japan's own statistics show that foreigners commit fewer crimes based on percentage.

What that means is foreigners in Japan commit fewer crimes per capita than Japanese.

But the way the news, government and the people are you wouldn't realise that.

3 ( +8 / -5 )

Letsberealistic

I agree.

Its like they think everything Japanese is to difficult to grasp or understand if your not Japanese.

Chopsticks don't even come from Japan and the way they use them is ridiculous.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

Its like they think everything Japanese is to difficult to grasp or understand if your not Japanese.

Believe me the same can be said of Japanese folks at times too!

2 ( +2 / -0 )

@ Hiro

if it were me i would have given her a slap on the wrist too. Maybe i am just too soft, but i wouldn't want to send someone to prison just because they act a bit stupid in life when ordering ice cream. 

Imagine that if the Uber delivery person didn’t check it, took it and then tried to use the money himself later on. He would have been arrested and charged for it and probably put in prison. Her actions doesn’t seem too bad for you now but it could have destroyed another innocent persons life!

3 ( +8 / -5 )

She is a heartless imbecile, and the courts are demonstrating their inherent racism.

-4 ( +3 / -7 )

Sentence is fitting. I think she's just stupid or thinks she can get away with minor crime or thinks it was cute. She probably don't have the brain capacity to measure the consequences of her actions - part because she wasn't allowed to be stupid at school in the first place.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

People do stupid things. Give her a break but she needs some punishment. Here is a true story. I went to a store and the worker asked if this Mr. X was my uncle. I said "yes." He said when he was 17, he stole a water melon and he was caught and sent to my uncle who was in charge of public safety. So my uncle scolded him and let him go without pressing any charge. I asked my uncle if he remembered a story like that. He said he probably did that as there were teenagers who would do stupid things for fun.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

LOL “I didn’t think he’d be able to tell it was fake.” Ok I want to think that "Counterfeiting carries some serious legal penalties in Japan, with no maximum limit on the number of years of imprisonment if the accused is found guilty”… IS FAKE!

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

The crime sounds very "premeditated" to me. Not that she just made a mistake in the heat of a moment.

I am not sure what this means, "The judge handed down a sentence of three years in prison, suspended for four years providing the woman stays in good legal standing in light of remorse she showed during the trial." Sounds like the lightest guilty penalty possible.

The judge really needs to make a lesson of this kind of behavior. In many cases its hard to catch this kind of crime; need to strongly discourage others.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

The judge really needs to make a lesson of this kind of behavior. In many cases its hard to catch this kind of crime; need to strongly discourage others.

If you don't think having a criminal record in your 20s in Japan is a punishment, you don't have enough background context to be commenting on these stories without looking silly. That's a HUGE punishment - it means she is cut off from any meaningful job for the rest of her life, and most people in Japan won't marry her. If you think THAT's not discouraging, well again, you are surprisingly low in understanding of Japan to be making such bold conclusions.

Putting her in jail would have cost no money, with no benefit to society. Her life is already doomed. Why spend more of the people's money?

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

No sympathy. She thought she could fool a person because they were not Japanese and the person called her bluff. Foreign doesn't mean stupid.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Don't forget that there's always finger prints and I'm sure a record of the Uber delivery person's deliveries. Since she used a scanner/printer, the police just have to investigate the printer. I hope these delivery people are given training to spot conterfeiting bills, especially in certain city wards. I'm glad she was caught, but like most people on this post, what was her name? She's of adult age.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Many people don't know this, but printers can be traced. It's called "Machine Identification Code"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machine_Identification_Code

A Machine Identification Code (MIC), also known as printer steganography, yellow dots, tracking dots or secret dots, is a digital watermark which certain color laser printers and copiers leave on every printed page, allowing identification of the device which was used to print a document and giving clues to the originator. Developed by Xerox and Canon in the mid-1980s, its existence became public only in 2004. In 2018, scientists developed privacy software to anonymize prints in order to support whistleblowers publishing their work.

As of 2011, Xerox was one of the few manufacturers to draw attention to the marked pages, stating in a product description, "The digital color printing system is equipped with an anti-counterfeit identification and banknote recognition system according to the requirements of numerous governments. Each copy shall be marked with a label which, if necessary, allows identification of the printing system with which it was created. This code is not visible under normal conditions."

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