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Ootoya to close most restaurants for a day on March 12 for staff training after video prank


The restaurant chain Ootoya Holdings will close most of its stores for the day on March 12 so that staff can undergo training, following last month’s incident in which one of its employees, wearing a mask and naked from the waist down, was posted online.

A spokesman for Ootoya said most of the company’s 350 stores will be closed except for a few in shopping malls, Fuji TV reported.

The company said it will emphasize to staff the importance of taking their jobs seriously. Employees will not be permitted to use their smartphones or other mobile devices while on duty.


The video footage that led to the company’s decision depicted the employee wearing an extraterrestrial mask while naked from the waist down and prancing around with a metal tray that was covering his private parts. He then moved the tray away to expose himself.

The company received an email at around 6 p.m. on Feb 16 about the incident after someone saw it online. The following day, an investigation revealed that the individual in the video was, in fact, an Ootoya employee at an Osaka location.

Three employees were fired as a result of the prank. The president and five executives took a 10% pay cut for March to take responsibility for the incident.

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I'm sure many will just quit rather than turn up to work to be told the bleeding obvious.

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First class..."Food on tray, good. Genitals on tray, bad."

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150 jobs for every 100 people.

Maybe if the companies start suing the hell out of these "pranksters" and put them in a debt for the next couple of years the people would start taking a bit more serious the job that feeds them.

Where did they get something disgusting/repulsive is funny? Japanese tv?

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I would probably quit if the company told me I was being reprimanded for the mistake of another employee. If they are having a problem with employees, its probably an HR problem or the result of poor judgment by the store managers in who they hire/leave to operate the store.

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What training is needed for this? I think its common sense in every country that things like that are not allowed. Now because of some fools, a lot of staff have to sit through an all day meeting. These meetings tend to happen on the slowest days and the days that most people have off. Moreover, meetings in Japan are not short.

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I would probably quit if the company told me I was being reprimanded for the mistake of another employee.

I would also probably quit if I was being collectively punished / reprimanded. I hope the staff at the Ootoya where I sometimes each lunch sees this as a paid day away from the customers, rather than as a reprimand or punishment.

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Knee-jerk overreaction as usual. My own company also held "training" due to one senior manager's illegal compliance breach. Rather than hold training for senior managers only they decided to have training for only non-senior managers. Interesting call seeing as only very senior managers have the authority to do what he did.

Agree with other posters, seeing as I actually have a brain & know not to post naked videos at work (where you would be easily identifiable) I would sooner quit a part-time job than go through a one day training.

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I wonder what the rationale is here. Because once in history an idiot decided to do that, means that everyone must be told not to be an idiot? Agree with the comment above. It would be great if they could sue his ass.

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Do Japanese people ever grow tired of being told what to do?

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Many countries have mandatory briefings, just different topics (sxual harassment, etc). Usually only get out for a couple of hours though.

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Nothing unusual about mandatory training after publicized misbehavior by employees. SOP at most large companies in most modern countries. Nobody is being "punished". I assume they are required to pay the employees for attendees.

What I don't understand is why all these idiots are making these videos. There is nothing clever or funny about these "pranks". They remind me of those unfunny one-trick comedians on JP TV...ohhhhhhhhh okay...now I know where they're getting it from.

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correction: ...for attendING.

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How did they identify him? By asking all male employees to take off their pants to look for a match?!

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10 percent paycut for the managers is so meager, it doesn’t mean anything.

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How on earth can one teach commonsense.....

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Saw a TV program about this. Apparently they call it "baito tero" and it is a sort of trend among juvenile idiots. The Otoya incident was actually not so bad, the most disgusting ones were from part time workers in convenience stores, who did things like lick food they sell, or put in garbage bin before retrieving it.

I don´t really see how collective punishment is going to solve this though.... morons will be morons.

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The other funny prank movie, is where they try on a ring or a coat, then rush to see how it looks in the mirror right by the exit door, poor shop assistant, runs to apprehend then stops and looks sheepish as it was all a "mistake" !

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Retraining is collective punishment, putting all employees on notice that management sees any one of them as potential pranksters. It’s also a sop to investors concerned about the impact the incident will have on the company’s reputation and to a populace whose continuing allegiance to Japan’s rule-based order rests on the perception that rules cannot be flouted with impunity and that backsliders should be strictly held to account.

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We are seeing the effects of a generation raised on youtube and idiotic video's. Not thinking, just "doing" and to hell with the rest.

All for 10 seconds of fame, There arent enough fingers on two hands to point to who is to blame.

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It's a publicity stunt. Japanese gotta save face when they can. Quit and move on from this black company.

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One fool sure causes a lot of trouble. I hope this doesn't seriously damage Ootoya's business, they offer very good set meals for a reasonable price.

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Pay cuts for top company leaders? If that had happened over here, they would have used this as an excuse to give themselves a raise.

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