A 63 year old teacher lost his temper and smashed a touch-screen register at a convenience store in Osaka, when asked by the clerk to press the button to confirm his age.
The age of majority in Japan is currently 20, and new regulations require customers purchasing tobacco or alcohol to touch a button confirming that they are not underage. While many have questioned how effective this system really is in preventing sales of restricted items to minors, it seems that most problems have been caused by those from older generations who are insulted at being asked whether they are old enough to buy what they want. This recent incident is not the first of its kind, and netizens are quick to judge the attitude of the suspect as being somewhat immature compared to his advanced years.
63 Year Old Part-Time Teacher Arrested After Getting Annoyed and Destroying Convenience Store Register When Asked to Confirm Age.
On January 26, Yawata City police arrested a 63 year old part time teacher at Hirakata Municipal Shoudai Middle School in Osaka Prefecture under suspicion of damaging property when he was caught breaking a convenience store register.
In a convenience store in Yawata at around 4:35pm on January 26, the suspect allegedly grew angry when requested by a female staff member to push the age confirmation button for sales of tobacco, and punched the LCD screen with his fist.
According to the police, the part-time teacher refused to push the button, saying to the staff member, ‘You know how old I am by looking at me, don’t you!’ The store clerk reported the crime because the man broke the register’s touch screen.
Comments from 2ch.net:
Well, if you’re in Osaka, there’s no two ways about it.
I quit my job in a convenience store because I didn’t like customers like this.
If you get pissed off at something like this and then break stuff then I guess you’re not mature enough w
Just push the button! Freak…
Depending on the store, some are trying to show that they’re taking age confirmation seriously. I’m a bit dubious as to how much of an effect this has on minors.
It’s wrong that he broke the register, but it puzzles me that they make customers do it even when the staff can clearly tell that they’re old enough.
What’s so bad about pushing a button. It’s fine saying that you can tell by looking, but can you tell the difference between an old-looking 19 year old and a baby-faced 20 year old?
This is another bad effect of strengthening of regulations, so if you’re holding a grudge against anyone, it should be against the Japanese government. Convenience stores have done nothing wrong.
The guy’s psychological age was less than that of a child.
A bastard who gets mad at something like this even when there’s really no way they’re being offended shouldn’t go outside. Fool.
It’s no problem for me to push the button, so I push it even if I’m not told to, but recently shop staff have been pushing it themselves without asking me.
But, I mean, those registers are expensive, right? What an idiot to [break something] that costs hundreds of thousands of yen because of a temporary feeling.
Come on, you’ve only got to press a button that’s right there in front of you. How can you be annoyed at that? I just absolutely don’t get it.
Isn’t it pretty easy to just push the button?
He could have been happy just thinking something like ‘I still look pretty young, huh, hahahaha w
As he’s been teaching the children he’s been contaminated by a childish mentality.
Not this agaaaaaain. The stores need to think about protecting their employees, too.
I know how he feels, but there are some people whose age you can’t tell.
If you look at his actions you can see he’s underage.
I think it’s easier to touch a screen with your fingertip than to punch it…