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Woman crashes car into Saitama convenience store

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A 54-year-old woman on Sunday accidentally drove her car into the front of a Saitama convenience store, shattering the window and injuring two customers. The woman told police that as she pulled into a parking space in front of the convenience store in Sugito Town at around 11:50 a.m., she mistakenly pressed the accelerator instead of the brake pedal.

The car drove through the front glass door. A 33-year-old man inside suffered minor injuries while stumbling over the broken glass, while a 42 year-old man was injured when a shelf fell on him.

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Dumbass

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is a drive thru maybe?

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Funnily enough, something similar happened to a Japanese friend of mine here in NZ - an elderly lady drove through the window of the McDonalds where my friend was having lunch. Fortunately my friend only suffered minor injuries....

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If my memory serves me correctly this is a fairly regular occurrence in Saitama-ken.

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i never understood this, when parking or leaving a parking place does everybody slam their foot down instead of gently breaking or accelerating? and Japanese cars are mostly automatic so you can have one foot on the brake pedal and one foot on the gas pedal.

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It is hard to press the correct pedal when you are hooking into a combini parking lot at 60kph while texting on your phone and checking your make up.

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Disillusioned: and wearing high-heeled strap sandals when driving.

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fatfrenchfool at 11:05 AM JST - 25th May

is a drive thru maybe?

it is now

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so you can have one foot on the brake pedal and one foot on the gas pedal.

That is not how I drive. With both feet on pedals - they would tend to cancel each other out, leaving whatever momentum unchecked. I use my right foot for both, but can straddle the two with one foot when in transition.

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"Are you kidding? Check your information before spouting assumptions."

This what Disillusioned said earlier today to another poster who was probably too positive about Japan ( something Disillusioned can't stand!! ).

But now it's Disillusioned who assumes that said woman drove 60kph ( while parking!!! ), texting on her phone and doing her make up. Can we ever take posters like Disillusioned serious????? Nooooo!!!! We can't!!!

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Saitama is notorious for these accidents. Should put crash barriers in front of the combini

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speeding, texting and doing make up. Those are the kind of assumptions you might make if the person was 20-30 years younger.

If I were trying to imagine what happened (using her age to create a stereotype), I would think that this person was overly cautious with her foot OFF both the gas and brake allowing the car to creep back slowly.

Then, she suddenly saw something that caused her to panic and jammed her foot down on what she thought was the brake, but missed and hit the accelerator instead.

However, since there is no information it's really impossible to know exactly what happened. I've seen people driving while doing some of those things, but never while backing up.

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I'm sorry, but I hear reports of this constantly in Japan and not anywhere else. What the hell is up? Do they have one foot in seiza style under they butt and only one lazing about the floor by the pedals? How do you 'mistake' the pedals like that pulling SLOWLY into a store parking lot?

Idiots.

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I think Wakarimasen is on the right track.

Saitama is notorious for these accidents. Should put crash barriers in front of the combini

Put impact barriers in front of everything public in Saitama. From sidewalks to combin's. No discrimination of age or race, just pure safety measures to protect the public.

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I've been trying to figure this kind of thing out for years, and I think I finally get it. Check it out:

You're backing into a parking space so, with your foot on the brake, you turn around. You slowly give it some gas, but your foot feels funny so you move it taking it off the brake with the car slowly moving. You shift your butt, and try stepping on the brake but the car still moves and is speeding up. You jam your foot hard on the brake and the car lurches into the convenience store window.

What just happened?

With all your shifting around, your foot got out of place. You panicked and pressed harder on the accelarator because you felt the car lurching forward and thought it was the brake. Fairly simple explanation.

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sydenham, I think you have the answer.

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Paper driver, kana...

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Again? A similar accident occured just some months ago in the same prefecture.

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