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Woman, with only ¥10 on her, arrested after leaving restaurant without paying bill

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Police in Sapporo have arrested a 49-year-old woman who left a restaurant without paying the bill. When found two hours later, the woman only had 10 yen on her.

Police said the woman, who claims she is an illustrator, entered the eatery at around 12:30 a.m. Thursday. Hokkaido Hoso reported that the woman stayed for about 40 minutes, eating ramen, chahan (fried rice) and gyoza. After she finished eating, instead of paying the 2,650 yen bill, she ran out of the restaurant. 

The restaurant manager, a man in his 70s, went outside after her and followed her in his car. The woman stopped near her residence and lay down on the sidewalk and the manager called police.

Police said the woman was not injured, just tired. They said she only had 10 yen on her when she was taken into custody.

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They said she only had 10 yen on her when she was taken into custody.

Does she have any credit card? She can pay with that.

Police in Sapporo have arrested a 49-year-old woman The restaurant manager, a man in his 70s,

So 70s chasing 49-year-old woman.

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She must have been starving at least now she will get 3 meals a day.

16 ( +23 / -7 )

A $25 Dine and Dash makes the International News ? Really ?

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2,650 yen seems like a lot for ramen, gyoza and chahan.

Does she have any credit card? 

Or debit card, which seem to be more common for small payments like at cheap restaurants.

-11 ( +6 / -17 )

They would not arrest you in America ,they would give you a trespassing warning,not too return

4 ( +14 / -10 )

She must've been really hungry to do that. But it is quite a bit more than what I usually pay for lunch. Anyway, I hope she can get back on her feet. It feels a lot better leaving a restaurant after you've paid the bill.

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It would have been nice if someone would have paid for her. I would have. Now our tax money is paying for her to go through the system.

7 ( +17 / -10 )

Seems to be a real and gifted artist, because real artists all don’t have money, of course also no money to fill your proposed credit or debit cards. She probably produces real artwork and doesn’t care of selling or producing art for the mass markets or has for other reasons no chance of selling it and therefore can’t live from her art. That’s the tragedy behind that story.

-7 ( +3 / -10 )

Slow news day?

4 ( +11 / -7 )

and lay down on the sidewalk

She shouldn't have eaten so much if she intended to make a run for it.

8 ( +14 / -6 )

@therewasanattempt to dine & dash

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

I would like to know more about the woman's domestic and possibly medical situation before passing any judgment on her.

5 ( +11 / -6 )

Now taxpayers are spending ~3M JPY per day for making the arrest and detaining her for a mere JPY2,650.

This should be a civil offense, not crime.

7 ( +13 / -6 )

It hard to run a restaurant in these hard times. Poor old man.

9 ( +12 / -3 )

The question should be why she was in that situation in the first place.

3 ( +9 / -6 )

Taking a nap on the sidewalk may well indicate that not all is well in her mind.

Sounds like another case of mental illness.

0 ( +7 / -7 )

That’s just how she rolls. And next is free room and board for a few weeks.

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I as well as many people feel very sorry for the women. She obviously was extremely hungry. Giving another human a hand up is the right thing to do. Scorning her is the wrong thing to do. Why be so righteous?

-5 ( +4 / -9 )

I as well as many people feel very sorry for the women. She obviously was extremely hungry. Giving another human a hand up is the right thing to do. Scorning her is the wrong thing to do. Why be so righteous?

I'm sure you'd be singing a different tune if the genders were switched.

It would have been nice if someone would have paid for her

It would have been nicer if she had ASKED someone for help rather than running off like a criminal.

Again, I'm sure you'd be singing a different tune if the genders were switched.

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Sad aint it. This 10 yen desperado, actually desperate. Meanwhile all the talk about liftin 2yen a taxpayer to throw a public funeral…

Police said the woman was not injured, just tired. They said she only had 10 yen on her when she was taken into custody.

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Without more context we can not judge what was going on. Did she only have 10 yen physicall with her that day, or is she homeless and that is all she has to her name?

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I’m amazed this has been reported.

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So sad to hear such news, too much drama when a helping hand could have gone much further.

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I think the police should say to her, if you cant pay because your skint, youl have to do x amount of hours unpaid work at the restaurant to pay for the food. this way the owner will get some sort of payment back. also if there is any uneaten food or left overs rather than throwing it away she could eat it.

if shes a good artist, may be the tresturant owner could let her display her art work on his walls, when an item get sold he can take a commission off each item.

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If she's honestly desperate and poor then make the meal free and direct her somewhere where she can get help to get back on her feet.

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She will have a few dishes to wash before she's settled her bill.

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It wasn't the worst thing in the world someone could do. Some people steal millions of dollars from company accounts or bribe people. I would look into her circumstances too. There is apparently a shortage of workers. Some social welfare people could help her find a job and she can easily pay back the relatively small amount of money back to the restaurant owner.

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A bit expensive for ramen, chahan and gyoza. In the old days, they'd make you wash the dishes or clean the floor. What's the minimum wage? Eight hundred yen per hour? She should have to do 3-4 hours of free work to pay for the food. No arrest.

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Michael MachidaToday  01:11 pm JST

I as well as many people feel very sorry for the women. She obviously was extremely hungry. Giving another human a hand up is the right thing to do. Scorning her is the wrong thing to do. Why be so righteous?

Because eating, not paying and running is a crime. And scorning someone who commits a crime is not being "righteous" it's the normal thing to do. What you have no morals or respect for laws?

If she was that destitute and hungry she could have asked ther store, and they might even have given her a meal. If not this place, the next one.

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"Does she have any credit card?" "Or debit card." Credit cards and debit cards mean that one has money. You know that, right? Maybe you guys need to see a financial counselor before making any more purchases.

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

2,650 yen bill for damn Ramen?!? what was in it? a lobster ?

probably she felt she was getting ripped off of course and decided not to pay, good for her.

-8 ( +0 / -8 )

Sounds like a person who wants to eat something nice before the bad things come.

I wish I could have treat you.

This type of thing is going to become more common especially in the UK.

Such a waste

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Why not just have her work off her meal at the restaurant? Maybe about 3-4 hours?

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The woman stopped near her residence and lay down on the sidewalk… Police said the woman was not injured, just tired. 

That’s understandable. I’ve done it myself a few times, truth be told. Usually after I’ve had about ten pints of beer, right enough.

TT

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Inflation….

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Reading so many comments on here portraying her as a victim.

Funny when a woman commits a crime she's always a 'poor soul who found herself in a bad situation and it's not her fault'.

Whereas when a man commits a crime he's just a criminal, and let's throw the book at him.

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Concern for the woman's financial and medical/psychological condition is fair enough.

That said, I don't see a single comment on here -- not a one -- voicing any empathy or understanding for the owner(s) of the restaurant.

Put yourselves in THEIR shoes for a second -- if you're capable. Imagine what THEY feel like when they're being stolen from.

They're trying to earn a living while also employing people. They can't just have people eating and running.

And "just have her work it off in the kitchen" is a shallow solution. What does that mean? That 100 people can come in, run up a bill, not pay it, and then ask to "work it off" instead?

There are only so many people who are needed to work in the kitchen or wait tables.

No, that's not what pays the bills. To pay the bills, pay the employees, and (yes, this is a human need too) earn a living, the restaurant owners need their customers to pay their bills before leaving.

Show a little understanding and compassion for the VICTIM of a crime for once, people. That used to be par for the course in society. Used to be.

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