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YouTuber indicted for eating sashimi at supermarket before paying for it

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A Japanese YouTuber has been indicted for theft by the Nagoya Regional Public Prosecutors Office Okazaki branch after posting a video of himself eating sashimi before paying for it at a supermarket.

Shota Harada, 29, who runs a prankster channel on YouTube under the user name “Hezumaryu,” is currently unemployed, and his address unknown, Sankei Shimbun reported.

Furthermore, Harada, who was arrested on July 11, has tested positive for COVID-19, police said, adding that the officers who arrested him as well as people near him while he was in custody have also been infected.

According to the indictment, Harada entered a supermarket in Okazaki on May 29 and ate sashimi, valued at 430 yen, without purchasing it. An acquaintance filmed him doing this and the video was uploaded to YouTube by Harada.

After his arrest, Harada was held at Okazaki police station. He experienced a fever and tested positive for the coronavirus on July 15. He was hospitalized the following day.

Before his arrest, Harada told police he had visited prefectures, including Yamaguchi, without wearing a mask. He was later found to have infected people who came into contact with him.

The governor of Yamaguchi Prefecture, Tsugumasa Muraoka, condemned the YouTube prankster for his actions as the country grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.

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This probably happens more than we know to be honest. My friend did this and drank a coke in a can while inside a grocery but paid for it at the counter. While there's probably nothing wrong with it, I think it's bad manners.

-14 ( +15 / -29 )

Toshihiro: "While there's probably nothing wrong with it, I think it's bad manners."

You're right, I think, unless a person is absolutely desperate to get something into them, when it can be forgiven. Still, it's a heck of a lot less rude than people putting a bag or object on a table to "reserve" it, and then going off to order and do who knows what before actually using the table/space they've taken, just to give one example of getting something before you pay.

0 ( +22 / -22 )

If you are in a restaurant thats a different story but just buying something at a convenience store you don't consume the product until you pay for it.

13 ( +15 / -2 )

The quintessential covidiot?

19 ( +22 / -3 )

The guy is an all around idiot, but it's ridiculous to arrest someone for eating something before they actually pay for it. In this heat, I have taken a swig from a bottle of water before paying for it. It may be a bit rude, but a crime??

-6 ( +20 / -26 )

Film yourself breaking the law and post it on YouTube. I’m surprised by how many of these idiots do it and get caught for it.

A few years ago I remember watching a little old lady taking a strawberry out of each punnet and dropping it in her pocket. She wasn’t filming herself do it though.

3 ( +8 / -5 )

As soon as this idiot is out of hospital, a custodial sentence seems the best thing.

17 ( +21 / -4 )

Was this a cry for help? Hey I am stupid, please help me!

-1 ( +7 / -8 )

One word: BAKA!

2 ( +13 / -11 )

> This probably happens more than we know to be honest. My friend did this and drank a coke in a can while inside a grocery but paid for it at the counter. While there's probably nothing wrong with it, I think it's bad manners.

Technically it is a crime, but could be argued otherwise.

I’m sure he would not have been arrested or convicted if he had not made of himself.

-13 ( +3 / -16 )

In this heat, I have taken a swig from a bottle of water before paying for it

How long does it take between you picking up that bottle and stepping outside the shop having purchased it?

Asking for a friend etc

1 ( +11 / -10 )

So he’s an inconsiderate moron who has spread a deadly virus in an aging society. Gosh it’s shocking that he’s unemployed.

Is being a youtuber/instagrammers/tic tok star/social influencer what one does when one is to stupid, lazy and/ unmotivated to get and hold an actual job?

25 ( +28 / -3 )

If you haven't pay for it then the item is technically not yours.

What if for some reason your credit card doesn't work, somehow you forgotten to bring your wallet or that it was stolen along the way?

I think people needs to have some restrain, i don't think you are that thirsty that you can't even wait a few minutes.

Civility is what keeps order, if everyone were do it then it would cause lots of inconveniences as the cashier would be confuse whether the food item is still safe given that they do not know that you have consumed it.

15 ( +18 / -3 )

I think the man is an idiot. But theft??!!

The only way I can see for the police to TRY to justify a charge of theft is by saying that he has consumed the sashimi on the premises, therefore a 10% consumption charge applies not 8%. But at the end of his video, we can see him paying at a normal till not a self till, therefore the cashier should have charged him 10%, if she didn't then it is not his fault and a charge of theft can't apply.

I am sure the shop is not happy at all with his behaviour, so that might have something to do with the police being overzealous.

-13 ( +6 / -19 )

As far as I'm aware, it's not a crime unless you step out without paying for it...

-19 ( +2 / -21 )

As soon as this idiot is out of hospital, a custodial sentence seems the best thing.

Agree 100%, this is theft pure and simple and he should serve some serious jail time. More law and order is required here to fix the growing crime problems.

9 ( +13 / -4 )

As far as I'm aware, it's not a crime unless you step out without paying for it...

I have heard of people arrested for the most ridiculous things here. The police here often decide they want to arrest someone first, and then find a reason for it. In this case, it was his video pissed them off, but not something they could charge him with.

Reminds of the crazy guy who served his severed genitals, cooked by a professional chef, at a party a couple years back. It made world news and embarrassed the police. But there were no laws against cannibalism. Finally after a month or two, they decided to charge him with indecent exposure!

The rule here is don't draw attention yourself and piss off the police. They will find a crime.

-9 ( +8 / -17 )

Consumption of product is not predicate on payment prior to said consumption. Most restaurants operate on a pay after basis. I’ve never seen a supermarket that indicates payment must be made prior to consumption.

-13 ( +4 / -17 )

Crimes committed with the intention of posting the video on social media should have their sentences doubled or tripled. These people are parasites on society.

18 ( +19 / -1 )

If I owned a store I wouldn't want anyone to eat or drink a takeout item before paying. Of course in a restaurant it is normal.

10 ( +10 / -0 )

dude come to australia that is no probs everyone does it.

1 ( +6 / -5 )

I am assuming if he was arrested for theft then he never paid for it. Otherwise they would have a hard job proving he stole it as long as he recorded the paying part or has a receipt for the product then it can't be theft. Paid is paid.

9 ( +9 / -0 )

I am assuming if he was arrested for theft then he never paid for it. Otherwise they would have a hard job proving he stole it as long as he recorded the paying part or has a receipt for the product then it can't be theft. Paid is paid.

If he was clever, he would have paid for it, then pretended he ate it without paying. Nuisance for sure, but he could have avoided being arrested.

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

@smithinjapan

Still, it's a heck of a lot less rude than people putting a bag or object on a table to "reserve" it, and then going off to order and do who knows what before actually using the table/space they've taken, just to give one example of getting something before you pay.

100% agree. In my office cafe they put their iPhones on the tables then disappear for 10 minutes before using the table. I hope they try that when they visit abroad, free phones for somebody less scrupulous than me.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

A Japanese YouTuber has been indicted for theft by the Nagoya Regional Public Prosecutors Office Okazaki branch after posting a video of himself eating sashimi before paying for it at a supermarket.

He finally paid that shashimi so what's the issue then? Even that supermarket doesn't care about him at all since he already paid.

Furthermore, Harada, who was arrested on July 11, has tested positive for COVID-19, police said, adding that the officers who arrested him as well as people near him while he was in custody have also been infected.

Not only his arrest is a waste of tax payer money, it did effect other law enforcement's health condition since he hadinfecting COVID-19. Don't they have anything to do beside indicting that youtuber?

0 ( +6 / -6 )

Not sufficiently au fait with Japanese law to say whether the facts constitute theft. In UK there would be no case to answer as there is no evidence of any intention not to pay untill he has left the shop without paying. One step outside and it is theft. Here it would appear that while he consumed the goods he subsequently paid for them before leaving the premises.

Whether that constitutes theft in Japanese law would need a Japanese lawyer to give a valid opinion on.

Whether it is good manners is moot, depending on the circumstances but bad manners is not a crime even in the UK ( where it has been said we will forgive anything except bad manners).

The more important aspect of the story is the fact he has and has infected others with the Wuhan virus.

I suspect the police are using the Japanese hostage justice system to punish him as there is no actual crime they can get him convicted on.

3 ( +7 / -4 )

"it's a heck of a lot less rude than people putting a bag or object on a table to "reserve" it, and then going off to order and do who knows what before actually using the table/space they've taken, just to give one example of getting something before you pay."

You were on a role, but didn't mention the group who sits there for hours at cafe's with only buying 1 cup of coffee and using the free internet and space for 3 hours, same for the club of ladies who do nothing but gossip for 3 or 4 hrs and only 1 cup of coffee. that's rude..

3 ( +6 / -3 )

Crimes committed with the intention of posting the video on social media should have their sentences doubled or tripled. These people are parasites on society.

Why? What kind of stupid "crime" is this? The guy just ate a snack before paying for it. It's not like he tried to steal it and run away. He was going to pay for it. "Incidents" like this are a BIG DEAL only in Japan. Let's ignore the rampant govt. corruption and inefficiencies of the judicial system that have plagued the whole nation, and focus on this YouTube kid having the nerve to eat a snack before paying for it! Outrageous.

3 ( +7 / -4 )

But, that mayor who sexually assaulted a woman just had to bow and apologize, with no arrest or indictment.

Oh right, TIJ.

6 ( +8 / -2 )

I’m a bit confused if he actually paid, or he left without paying. If he actually paid, this seems really heavy handed of the police.

I’ve never seen a supermarket that indicates payment must be made prior to consumption.

Well, that is a bit ridiculous, isn’t it? Everyone in their right mind knows you pay first at a supermarket, are you saying that unless they have a sign indicating this insanely obvious point you are entitled to assume otherwise?

I’m not saying people should be arrested for it if they do pay before leaving, but this is a stretch.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Eating inside is 10% and takeout is 8%. That's 2% theft :D Anyways its long known eating without paying first is not allowed in Japanese mall.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

I worked in a supermarket and convenience store here in the US. It is quite common people tear something open (especially for a little kid) and start eating before coming to the register to pay. (Never drank your soda before paying?) It’s when you walk out without paying it becomes a crime. Knowingly wandering about spreading the virus SHOULD be.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Guess the 6 weeks of waiting for the youtube check will be delayed?

1 ( +1 / -0 )

There’s no crime as he paid for it at checkout!

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

There’s no crime as he paid for it at checkout!

The article is a bit ambiguous on that point. First it says he was:

eating sashimi before paying for it at a supermarket.

The “before” implies that he later paid. But then it goes on to say he:

ate sashimi, valued at 430 yen, without purchasing it.

Which suggests that he never paid for it.

I assume he never in fact paid for it since it would make no sense to arrest him if he did. But stuff not making sense isn’t a guarantee that the police didn’t do that stuff, so I’m not 100% sure.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Hmm.. I just watched the video. It really doesn't feel like theft. Indeed he is a bit annoying and hard to look at but that too isn't really a crime.

Can someone please explain the logic behind ?. My son does this with tomicas like all the time.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

The most disturbing part is that he ate it with bare hand and he touched the screen with same hand... that’s disgusting.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

If he paid for it before leaving the store, what's the big deal!? Go catch some real criminals.

When I was young, my mother would often give my sister and I a small bottle of juice to drink in the trolley while she shopped. By the time we got to the counter we would have finished them, so mum would hold up the empty juice bottles to be scanned with the rest of the shopping.

No harm no foul.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

I’ve seen people in grocery stores consume food and drinks before paying in the US but not in Japan. I’ve always considered it wrong although I presume all ultimately pay. However it would be easy to just leave the wrapping or bottle and walk out (in other words steal). I think it’s right to arrest someone who eats something before they own it even if there intention is to pay for it.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

In common law countries at least, theft requires intent - the intent to permanently deprive. If he paid for it afterwards, arguably it is not theft. There may be other charges though. Criminal damage for ripping the bento box open? Lol!

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Most important lesson COVID19 teaches me is: THE ENTIRE WORLD IS FULL OF IDIOTS..

1 ( +3 / -2 )

In common law countries at least, theft requires intent - the intent to permanently deprive. If he paid for it afterwards, arguably it is not theft. 

I get your point but another way of looking at it is the person who gained use of a product before owning it had acquired it without consent. I couldn’t go to a car lot and drive off with a car without permission and then say I intend to purchase it. But at least the car and it’s value still exists. A product that is consumed and thus no longer exists requires consent or else anyone could just walk into a store and eat dinner off the shelf and lie about it to their own advantage. Taking someone else’s property and basically destroying its value by consuming it without consent should be punished.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Youtuber is useless and futile. No wonder in Japan there are covidiots, specially Youtubers, which spread bad behavior and now, virus.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

dude come to australia that is no probs everyone does it.

Why does this not surprise me in the least?

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Many think social media has been a great thing.

It may have in the beginning but at this point it is nothing but a platform for conspiracy fools, waste of oxygen so-called influencers, parasites, etc...

Just look at the fool the youth today look up to the Jake Paul and Kardashians of the world having paties even calling them Covid parties.

Seriously time to either shut these platforms down or hold them responsible for what is on their platforms.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

@nintendogirl

Guess you don't read western News.

Covid parties, by western TicToc, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, influencers,

1 ( +1 / -0 )

YouTubers are getting out of hand! For making YouTube videos they will do anything without any consideration for the safety and well being of others! Stronger laws need to be implemented to safeguard our society against YouTubers!

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Unkempt, uneducated, and uncouth. This fellow is a triple threat of being unwanted.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Eating food in supermarkets prior to paying for it is common in some countries (Australia), and tolerated in others. The key part is paying for it at the end!

What an idiot infecting all those people!

2 ( +2 / -0 )

The video that was taken, shows it being paid for- there is no crime!

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Why Hospitalize???

0 ( +0 / -0 )

What a freak.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

So, he may have infected other people. Aren't we all guilty?

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

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