Man falls asleep in Japanese store’s massage chair, wakes up to find himself locked in

By Casey Baseel, RocketNews24

One of the awesome things about Japanese electronics stores is the huge amount of floor models. Looking for a new PC mouse, smartphone, or rice cooker? You’ll find dozens on display, all out of the package so that you can see how they look and feel before making your purchasing decisions.

Of course, the absolute best products to try out are the massage chairs, which would be comfortable enough to sit back in even if they weren’t also massaging your neck, back, and legs. When you find a chair and massage setting that fits your body just right, the sensation is so soothing that you might feel yourself dozing off right there in the store.

That’s what actually happened to Japanese Twitter user @_Asphodelus__, but in his case that blissful scenario had an unexpected twist.

Nobody woke him up before they closed the store.

After plopping himself down in a massage chair and closing his eyes, @_Asphodelus__ opened them to find a much darker version of the view of the stoves he’d been looking at before drifting off. “Oh man, I’m locked in!” he tweeted, along with snapshots of the gates that had come down at the store’s entrance.

Thankfully, @_Asphodelus__ was able to contact the police, who then got in touch with the store’s manager to free the trapped shopper. A brief investigation determined that @_Asphodelus__ hadn’t hidden away on purpose or pilfered anything from the store, and he and the manager exchanged apologies, with the Twitter user expressing regret at sleeping in the store, and the manager doing the same for he and his staff not noticing there was still someone sitting in the display area before locking up.

So while it might take a tremendous amount of willpower to pull yourself away from an automated massage, if you’re starting to feel sleepy, it might be time to pull yourself up out of the store’s chair, head home, and crawl into your bed instead.

Source: Jin

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It must be a nice chair.

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"he and the manager exchanged apologies, with the Twitter user expressing regret at sleeping in the store, and the manager doing the same for he and his staff not noticing there was still someone sitting in the display area before locking up."


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Two years ago I was once locked in at the High School I was working at. I was at my desk in the teacher's office when I realized that the entire staff had left (for a function or meeting or what I don't know). Nobody had said a single word to me, and I had literally been locked in the office. It wasn't a matter of being stuck, because of course I could unlock the door from the inside. But once unlocked and outside, I had no way to re-lock the door. I waited until it was my scheduled time to leave, unlocked the door, and told a maintenance staff member.

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I have often (like every time!) fallen asleep when using the coin operated massage chairs at Haneda Airport or the local ItoYokado store. Must make a note to self not to use near closing time.

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funnier than the news itself was checking out the guy's tweeter account just to find a retweet of a nerd in the bus flipping out because he dropped his "game card" LOL it's EXACTLY the sound some hysteric japanese make when their metro card fails to work in the station..... I try to emulate it to some friends but nobody would believe it! Now that's the proof.

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I would have just stayed there, cheaper then a hotel, mind you I am coming to Japan latter on this year,,,,Uuuum let me think, ill cancel ALL of my hotels and guest houses, ill just have to find a lot of stores that sell these chairs, Sorted 1 cheap holiday coming up!.

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Can you tell me the name of the store so I can do this and escape my wife and teenage daughter's bickering!!

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This reminds me of the time that I got locked in and all the mannequins came alive. It was really scary. I was able to escape, but when I got out of the store, I found that I could not remember my address or telephone number, and I was wearing a golf outfit even though I was in downtown Tokyo.

Eventually, I had to go back. I was truly homeless. I went back to the store and back to the stockroom to talk with some other people there.

And I learned the horrible truth....

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Staff must've thought he was a test dummy, HA HA!

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Seems the store workers sere sleeping on the job.

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