This past Sunday, employees at a subway station in Nagoya made a surprising discovery when they went to collect the change from the ticket machine.
In the place where 1000 yen bills (Roughly $10 in US dollars) were supposed to be stacked to dispense as change, ten 5000 yen bills (About $50 USD each) had been placed instead. A letter was posted at the station asking those with a conscience to return the excess change but so far no one has come forward.
As netizens on 2ch pointed out, anyone who comes forward risks facing a penalty and since there is no security camera in place then there is no way to find out who the culprits are unless someone confesses.
From Mainichi Shimbun:
Nagoya Municipal Subway: 40,000 Yen Mistakenly Dispensed For Change At Ticket Machine
On June 20th, The Nagoya Transportation Bureau announced that there had been a mistake involving an automatic ticket machine at Heiandori Station (in Kita-ku, Nagoya)which had overpaid the amount of change after mistakenly being stocked with 5000 yen notes in the place where 1000 yen notes are inserted.
“5000 Yen Notes Loaded Into 1000 Yen Spot
According to the Transportation Bureau, after a station employee had collected the sales and change from a ticket machine at the south gate at approximately 12:15pm that day, the amount of money did not match the actual amount of sales. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that at 10 a.m on June 19th, ten 5,000 yen notes had mistakenly been loaded into the machine. The ten 5000 yen notes had been paid in place of 1000 yen notes, so the total amount recovered was short by 40,0000 yen.
With no security cameras located near the ticket machine, it’s difficult to determine the identities of the customers who took the huge amount of change. The station posted a notice at two of the turnstiles, asking those with any clues to come forward. As of 8 p.m. on the 20th, no one had come forward.
Comments from 2ch:
The idiot who made the mistake should pay out of his own pocket.
Are they stupid? There’s no reason for someone to come forward w
So this isn’t just embezzlement being made to look like a mistake?
Maybe the guy who took the change was a friend pretending to be uninvolved or something
Why the hell did they go and honestly report that there was no camera?
To tell you the truth, I don’t look at the bills I get from change
The degree of trust that goes into Japanese vending machines is astounding.
Does this machine not perform some kind of regular bill check?
Bills differ a bit by size, don’t they?
Since they wrote there’s no camera, there’s no reason for someone to unnecessarily come forward (Haha)
If It were me, I’d return the money if I knew what had happened then,and there but
I don’t usually check change so I wouldn’t realize it.
But if anyone comes forward they’ll be arrested…
Shouldn’t they just lie or whatever and write “Under Video Surveillance”?
I wonder how many people there were.
They should own up to their mistakes and look for the criminal.
By the way, if this were the opposite situation, there’s absolutely no way a store would pay back the money to the customer.
The worker who mistakenly inserted the bills should be the one at fault www
Is he a moron?
If they’re going to put the responsibility on the ones who took the money,
it might turn out that the change machine operator embezzled it.
Like say he inserts the incorrect change himself, then change clothes and in disguise uses the machine.
It says there’s no security camera located near the ticket machine…If they publish this sort of thing, no one’s going to come forward right?
If they concealed the fact that there’s no camera and reported something like “We’re consulting with the police” then wouldn’t people have come forward right away?