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Pooping at supermarket checkout lands Kitakyushu man ¥300,000 fine

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By SoraNews24

At about 4 a.m. on Feb 18 in Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture, a heavily intoxicated man wandered into a 24-hour supermarket and approached a cashier in the checkout aisles.

“I wanna poop,” he informed the staff member, who then told him that the restroom was locked overnight for security reasons. While most people at that point would head off in search of another place to defecate, this man got angry and simply said, “Then I’ll do it here,” dropped his pants, and let nature take its course right there in the checkout aisle.

He was promptly arrested for the indecent exposure and ultimately charged with obstruction of business, given the extensive clean-up that was required afterward. Such a crime holds a maximum penalty of three years in prison or 500,000 yen fine.

Hopefully some of that would be used to cover the cost of burning anything used to clean that mess up afterwards, and the therapy for the poor part-timer who had to do it.

Meanwhile, in the court of public opinion little to no leniency was offered for such a disgusting act as can be seen in these online comments.

“That was the most costly poo I’ve ever heard of.”

“I hope there’s another supermarket in the area, because he can’t go there again.”

“Even dogs and cats know enough not to do that.”

“Wow, I can’t even pee with other people around.”

“He could have at least got a plastic bag to go in.”

“If I was the staff working at that moment, I would have quit on the spot.”

Often times this is where such a story ends, but when this man’s case went to trial this month, everyone was able to get some unprecedented insight into the mind of a supermarket checkout pooper.

It all began back in January of this year, when the man’s father passed away. The loss devastated him and he rapidly descended into full-blown alcoholism. He had been hospitalized more than once for alcohol dependency but it seemed to do little good. On Feb 17, from noon he started drinking the distilled Japanese beverage with a high alcohol content known as shochu and didn’t stop until police escorted him away from a pile of his own feces in a supermarket.

He told this all to the judge at his trial and added that he recognized his act as “inhuman.” He also promised to join a support group for alcoholism, saying that if this incident didn’t cause him to swear off drinking, then he is truly doomed.

Presiding judge Kanji Ino took his promise into consideration, and rather than the maximum punishment, handed down a 300,000 yen fine. In addition, Judge Ino set a condition that the fine would be reduced by 7,500 yen for each consecutive day that the man didn’t drink, meaning if he can go 40 days without touching alcohol, his fine will be completely waived.

Sources: Mainichi Shimbun, Itai News

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Very peaceful society...lol In normal cases you would just make an exemption and open that damned toilet door for 5 minutes. Everything is clean afterwards, no bigger conflict and the guy comes back to this friendly store the rest of his drinker’s life bringing in more money and positive mouth propaganda than now with that penalty and forbidden to reenter. You can always have a solution that makes it better than worse.

11 ( +16 / -5 )

X or O bro, choose one.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Not good to lock bathrooms. If the business is open the crapper had better be.

16 ( +17 / -1 )

In addition, Judge Ino set a condition that the fine would be reduced by 7,500 yen for each consecutive day that the man didn’t drink, meaning if he can go 40 days without touching alcohol, his fine will be completely waived.

I would like to think of this as a relatively happy ending to the story, but frequently people have much more serious consequences from their alcoholism, like losing their families and successful careers, so I cannot stop feeling a 300,000 yen may not be an incentive big enough to get out of it.

4 ( +10 / -6 )

If a dog did this it would have it's nose rubbed in it.

They should have done the same.

1 ( +7 / -6 )

Dogs not allowed in supermarkets.

8 ( +10 / -2 )

Usually if you ask nicely they will let you use the toilet ..... it’s happened to me ....

11 ( +11 / -0 )

I can't imagine how much I would have to drink to crap my pants. That being said however on a train back from Tokyo Disney a few years ago, I had the great misfortune to be standing in front of a man who appeared to have shat his pants. I guess it comes out, there is nothing you can really do about it at that point, and he just remained seated and drunk.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

I love the sobriety incentive. I hope the can go 40 days without it. But I'm curious how they will enforce it.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

This story stinks!

6 ( +8 / -2 )

I feel so much better informed, now.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

In normal cases you would just make an exemption and open that damned toilet door for 5 minutes.

In normal countries that would likely happen. But in Japan, rules are rules. The part-timer who unlocked the door for a drunk would probably lose their job. Management would not have expected the guy to poop at the check-out. Its a lose/lose situation.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

But in Japan, rules are rules.

They need to wipe away those rules before the sh#t hits the fan.

9 ( +9 / -0 )

I would take a dump in front of the bathroom door. At least it's close, right?

1 ( +3 / -2 )

Reminds me of Robin Williams in "Moscow on the Hudson", saying "I defecate" in the department store, and seeing the fun reactions of people trying to prevent it. [The joke was that he was trying to announce his defection.]

Or last year's real video of US Congressman Nadler making his slow get away after having a similar download.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OA9RVFZU9Vo

0 ( +1 / -1 )

In my old days, it cost a penny to use the loo. Prices have gone up I guess.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

If he is as chronic an alcoholic as he says he is, then attempting to go "cold turkey" could easily kill him.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

I know kaka is a bit over the top and, but how about drunk vomiting in bushes in parks then? Is that punishable ?

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Who amongst us has not had dump panic? - but there are outdoor locations to relieve the necessity.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

The article forgets to mention that "the defendant's pre-sentencing detention period would be factored in the payment of fines. Therefore, even if the punishment of 300,000 yen is finalized, the defendant, who was detained for some two months, would not have to pay the fines."

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20210422/p2a/00m/0na/026000c

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Thing is, had he the presence of mind to bark like a dog and drag his butt along the ground, he would probably have been sent to get the help he needs.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

"In normal countries that would likely happen."

In the UK they will NOT allow you to use the bog, once it's closed.

No matter how much you plead.

Another "abnormal country" by your standards, innit?

He should have been done for indecent exposure too.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

The guy was looking for some assistance. Looks like he got jack ****

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Taking a leaf out of King Solomon's book of Jewish wisdom, the Japanese judge exercised some much-needed humanity. I'll drink to his wise verdict (but not for forty days and forty nights).

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Should have gone to the self checkout line. And better yet, use his point card.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Next time just try whacking him with a rolled up newspaper.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

When working as a tour guide in London showing American tourists round, the coaches in those days had no loos.

When we stopped at our destination, as a couple were getting off, the woman showed me a bag of poop and said she had to go and there was no toilet. She was swinging it in front of me smiling.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

This guy went to the counter and cash in and left Golden nuggets!! The cashier cashed out!

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Arrested? If he had done that in my business I'd be in jail and he would've left in the coroner's van.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

To make toilets more accessible to public, but easier on shop owners . . . consider pay-for-use toilets and even showers - like one sees at the airports in Japan . . . .

0 ( +0 / -0 )

"In normal countries that would likely happen."

In the UK they will NOT allow you to use the bog, once it's closed.

No matter how much you plead.

Another "abnormal country" by your standards, innit?

It might be normal to keep the bogs closed, but it is NOT normal to relieve yourself in public! I may not have seen number two in public, but I have seen number one in Japan far too many times, sometimes on main roads involving ojiisans, one right outside a big station. Toilets are everywhere in Japan. No excuse.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

SVEN ASAI

great answers but far too logical. Don’t you know that logic is an abstract concept here? First you must check your mental manuscript of right and wrongs and insure you never attempt to for an opinion as the will get you “hammered down”. I love Japan but it has a lot of growing up to do.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Well, it'a crap.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

I'm just here for the comments. Not disappointed.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Can you imagain the tannoy announcement? " clean up team to isle 3, there is a number 2 in isle 3"

To the more serious side, that is absolutely disgusting haveing a number 2 just like that, especially in a shop, the smell, the hygiene, poor s*d how has got to clean it up! the judge has sort of made the right decision in encouraging him to get off the booze, but he does need to make him pay for the clean up, and possibly reimburse the shop for lost trade.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I don't suppose he can ever go back to that supermarket! On the other hand, he's better off doing his shopping online; he can log out whenever he wants ....

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Everyone’s a comedian when it comes to an article about defrosting in a supermarket, and it works! Thanks for the laughs, fellow posters.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

given the extensive clean-up that was required afterward

It must have been a monster

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Even dogs and cats know enough not to do that.

rabbits mostly poop in one corner of the yard so as to not sleep in their own poop

1 ( +1 / -0 )

I would of got two plastic bags scooped up his poop, grabbed the guy stuffed the poop in his jacket and thrown him out on the sidewalk

1 ( +1 / -0 )

What is astounding is this story made national news.

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

“I wanna poop,” he informed the staff member, who then told him that the restroom was locked overnight for security reasons.

>  this man got angry and simply said, “Then I’ll do it here,” 

Well, he did warn them.

All I gotta say is, No minimum wage job is worth cleaning up that mess.

And at 4 am? I'd say to the manager and be like, pfft, you clean it. I'm out.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

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