Japanese people are famous the world over for their politeness. Even bowing, a great way of showing politeness has its levels. While I have gotten used to their politeness, some news about their politeness still surprise me. The Japan Times reports of a “polite robber” who tried to rob a convenience store in Osaka. It was reported that Ryo Miyata, an unemployed destitute entered a Family Mart at around 3:30, brandished a utility knife and politely said to the clerk “Could you give me some money, please?“.
The clerk, probably sensing that the man was not dangerous at all, replied “Why don’t you stop this?“. The robber replied “OK” then put knife down on the counter.
He was ushered by the clerk to the back room where he patiently waited for the police to arrive. It appears that Mr Miyata did not have an evil bone in his body and simply needed money. A stark reminder that in this recession, even those with no criminal mind can do bad things…in a polite way of course.
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