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Woman arrested for making 7,000 false claim calls to 1,200 shops

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Police in Itami, Hyogo Prefecture, said Monday they have arrested an unemployed 45-year-old woman on suspicion of fraud after she made false complaints to many businesses in order to get compensation from them.

According to police, Tomoko Onotani called a pastry shop in Toyonaka City, Osaka Prefecture, in May and told them there was hair in a cake she bought from the store, Sankei Shimbun reported. An employee of the store went to a parking lot near her residence and gave her a cake as "compensation."

Police said Onotani used the same trick to defraud a bakery in Kobe City of 1,085 yen in June.

After her arrest, police said a check of Onotani's phone records showed that she made 7,000 calls to 1,200 cake shops in 30 prefectures. She also made ​​about 4,650 phone calls to 104 (a phone number for directory assistance in Japan).

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Wow, she must be big as a house after swindling so many cake shops out of a cake or two each.

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She must have been a real sweet tooth.

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"She also made ​​about 4,650 phone calls to 104 (a phone number for directory assistance in Japan)"

There must be some really lonely people in Japan... :-(

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You would think she got tired of cake by now.

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You can't have your cake and eat it.

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You can't have your cake and eat it.

Well apparently you can. At least until they catch you...

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@clueless

I wasn't quick enough ! You took the words out of my mouth ! But I wasn't eating any cake...)

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Japanese businesses are too naive. After asking to show her the proof, she told them she threw it away and they still gave her a cake.

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Whoa. Somebody needs a job badly...

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This goes near the top of my list of strange hobbies. This woman is obviously a few cakes short of birthday party and needs some serious counselling.

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Wow, she must be big as a house after swindling so many cake shops out of a cake or two each.

Its not clear how many shops gave her cake, and how many gave her cash. She could have been after money but some shops gave her cake instead.

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Japanese businesses are too naive

This is true, always giving their patrons the benefit of the doubt. Japanese are some of the most demanding consumers too.

I once ordered a few pizzas. It was a holiday, they were overwhelmed with pizza deliveries. I didn't make a fuss a when it arrived 50min. later than I was advised when placing the order over the phone. My japanese guest suggested that I "make a complaint" in order to receive a free pizza in the future. But why bother?

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Though only slightly similar, every shop/restaurant staff should check out the movie "Compliance" to know that nutty people like this exist and learn how to handle phone scams.

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Clearly the patriarchy is responsible for forcing this woman out of the male dominated workforce into a life of fraud..........sorry I thought I was in the United States there for a minute.

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How did she ever find time to eat the cakes with all that telephoning? Or did she give them away to friends and family?

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As the the Church of England Inquisition would say: "Cake or death?"

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Don't these shops ever ask for receipts?

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ScroteSep. 29, 2015 - 10:32AM JST Don't these shops ever ask for receipts?

Appears to be minor sums from mostly individual stores and avoiding potentially bad publicity is probably considered worth a cake.

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I would think that she spent more on her phone bill than the amount that she swindled...obviously a cry for attention rather than a need for money

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Community service at a cake shop... where she is not allowed any of the goods they sell.

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Let them eat cake!

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The more important question is why was she arrested in the first place? The article doesn't say anything about that, it seems cops can arrest you at willy-nilly here.

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Well, I`ve gotta say that really takes the cake...

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That scam really sounded like a cake walk...until she got caught!

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excessive tolerance strikes again. 7000 F claims! seriously imagine the money wasted in lost productivity from this looney. now times this by 10,000 and you can understand the massive amount of public money wasted that could easily been avoided.

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I have heard of "death by chocolate", but death by cake? well serves here right, now she will be eating runny curry in the local prison hahahah!

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How about telling the izakawa that there is a hair in my glass? Free drinks all night...

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She is lonely. Damn it.

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There is so much in this story when one reads between the lines.

Some old biddy finds a hair in a piece of cake and gets a whole cake delivered from the shop as an apology.

Think about that for a second. Then think about similar things happening over a thousand times. Does it strike anyone that this is a huge testimony to the quality of Japanese goods and services? Integrity? Good will? I mean, wow, if these cake shops were cranking out crummy product, they would never be able to keep up with claims like this. The fact that the cake shops were devastated by the claims tells me that they make one mistake in a blue moon, and that somebody might get fired for a "hair in the cake" scale of failure. This woman's fraud is a terrible thing because it takes resources away from honest, hardworking people who did their jobs perfectly. And it gives those resources to a lying layabout.

I have watched standards in other countries plummet over the years. Japan has been holding the line courageously.

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I wonder if it was just for cake's sake or if Ms Onotani enjoyed being a bully.

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