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Employee flushes 40 liters of soap; bubbly carnage ensues

By Preston Phro

Is Tokyo having freak, concentrated snowfall in the middle of summer? Have Mr Freeze and Iceman been duking it out in Ginza? Is it a cotton candy terrorist attack??

Actually, the white doom slowly creeping out of the sewer in these pictures is nothing more than soap bubbles.

It turns out that an employee at a company that produces commercials dumped 40 liters of body soap down the sink. The entirely predictable results are what you see in the photograph.

The company office is located on the 13th floor of the Sumitomo Shiodome Building in Ginza, so the soap had a long journey through which to get nice and frothy. After the soap spilled out onto the street, police and firefighters worked into the night to clear the roads.

Company officials assured the public that the soap was harmless and did not pose any danger. Concerned netizens shared their feelings:

-- I bet that the whole area smells great now!

-- Surely this is actually poisonous, right?

-- There’s got to be something wrong with that building!!

-- Why the hell did the company have that much body soap?? Do they have a full shower room or something?

-- I bet there are people out there who would mistake this for snow if not told otherwise.


Sources: Asahi, Itai News

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me too.

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But why? Why would anyone pour away 40 litres of perfectly good body soap? Why not take it home and use it? Allow employees to take it home? Give it away to passers-by?


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Its impossible to clean that mess up!

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Environmentally speaking this is a disaster. All those phosphates and chemicals down the drain. I guess it was going to just disappear! Out of sight out of mind

2 ( +7 / -5 )

Wow that would been something to see! I would lay in at grab peoples legs trying to freak em out haha!

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Surely this is actually poisonous, right?

Only if you sit down with a spoon and eat it.

Environmentally speaking this is a disaster. All those phosphates and chemicals down the drain. I guess it was going to just disappear! Out of sight out of mind

If it was used by many people in the conventional way over the course of one day it would still go down the drain.

Its impossible to clean that mess up!

Why? It's soap. Arguably the pavement will be much cleaner after it has been hosed down; a bit like using body soap in the shower perhaps?

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Soap land never smelled so attractive before!

2 ( +4 / -2 )

This is indeed headline news!

0 ( +2 / -2 )

It's the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

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police and firefighters worked into the night to clear the roads

Like they have nothing else more important to do than cleaning this company's mess, another great use of tax money, why not name this company which officials are so caring for environment ?

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What a complete idiot.

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A Winter Wonderland!

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Second piece of "refreshing" news this morning ! Go for it JT !

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Last but not leats as noted - not eco at all :( The detergents are the most difficult substances to separate and filter at the sewage purification plants. All waist is cleaned to certain standard before returned into rivers/sea.

Was the employee cleaning together with the police?
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Hope that the company will lose its ISO environmental compliance designation. Disgraceful.

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What would happen if they all flushed the toilets at the same time?

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hhaahha that's funny

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this would give someone an idea to flush 80L of soap next time.

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Bring the soap land outdoor !!!

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This is a disgraceful waste. There are plenty of people who would have been very happy to get some body soap for free to help ease their burden in this financially difficult time, but instead the idiots caused us all to pay for it in the way of the firemen and police for to clean it up. Its a double or triple loss.

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This is genius! ......

The use of the word "netizens" is not!

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The Japanese are some of the most hygiene conscious people in the world, don't you all know? :l

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I hope the company is fined for illegally dumping chemicals

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Looks like the handy work of none-other than Mr Bean...

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Seems to me, dumping the soap down the sink drain would have sent it to the water treatment facility, not the rain water ducts. I think this guy dumped into the rain water ducts, which should be illegal. I could be wrong.

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You can't fix stupid.

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This bring a whole new meaning to soapland !!

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But the street was VERY clean afterwards and felt great :)

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all that's missing is chicks in bikinis

1 ( +1 / -0 )

cycled past this the other night - classic - wondered wtf was going on in that building

2 ( +2 / -0 )

charge the company for the clean-up

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Next job? TEPCO of course...

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