Bar Serves Bleach as Sake: “My Throat Hurts!”


A Japanese bar has been ordered shut after they mistakenly served bleach to their customers instead of sake, hospitalising two customers who apparently did not notice they were downing a cleaning agent.

The Niigata prefecture izakaya served two men in their sixties sake one evening, but soon both were complaining of sore throats.

They were later admitted to hospital, and it was discovered they had been chugging an alkaline cleaning solution rather than the booze they expected. Neither man was severely injured by the tipple.

Local authorities investigated the bar and discovered their staff had for some reason poured the detergent into a labelled 1.8 litre sake bottle, and then mistaken it for actual sake and served it to the customers.

They punished the bar by ordering them to stay shut for a grand total of 3 days.

The bar has issued a boilerplate statement of contrition:

“We caused great inconvenience to our patrons. We will ensure this never happens again by properly managing our cleaning agents and instructing our staff.”

Both the bar and authorities are silent as to what all this implies about the expected quality of their beverages (or the discerning palette of their patrons).

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    Comment by Anonymous
    13:21 09/07/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Putting Naruto in ramen is one thing, but putting Bleach in sake? That's like putting a One Piece swimsuit on a man. It just doesn't make sense!

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:30 09/07/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    At the end of the day, drinking bleach is less harmful to your health than watching Bleach

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    Comment by finallyanime
    17:05 12/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    So damn true. But honestly though bleach is dangerous! Lol and those guys must have been seasoned drinkers, cuz they didn't notice anything @ first lol. I mean wow.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:05 10/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sore throat is temporary
    Brain damage is permanent

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    Comment by Satonaka
    16:56 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    if it doesn't make sense, then you must, acquit!? :O

    The defense rests XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:58 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    now, chewbacca is a wookie...

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    Comment by Tasche
    09:37 09/07/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    how can you mistake bleach for sake....the hell.

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    Comment by Some Guy
    16:26 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I guess it speaks volumes of the quality of drinks they serve at the bar.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:00 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    one easy way to mistake bleach for sake is if the customers ordered a "hot sake" so the bleach comes hot and u maybe can drink it without notice that it is a bleach.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:10 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Apparently it's not that hard. It says a lot about how bad sake truly is.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:37 11/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm curious about this...I live in Niigata and the best sake in Japan is made here. There is more to this story, obviously.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:18 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The article clearly states that the Bleach was poured into a sake bottle for some unknown reason. You also realize that both liquids are a clear substance so it's hard to distinguish between the two unless you actually try to smell it, which in a bar environment would be hard considering the smell of cigarettes and booze would linger about making everything that much harder.

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    Comment by Tasche
    18:08 13/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Depends on the bleach, there are various kinds of viscosity and colour, which should serve as an indication about what it is. I guess in this case, the bleach was clear? But we will never know....maybe the staff was retarded, sleepy, drunk, etc. not much details other than, they fucked up.

    I have to agree about the bar setting being a possible factor in this case.

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    Comment by Artist Rising
    09:44 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I thought they were talking about the anime "Bleach." That would have been much worse...

    Anyway...mistake my ass...
    So much for valuing the customer.

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    Comment by AzureXuchilbara
    10:01 09/07/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    After drinking bleach, I am surprise they did not end up with a hollowed throat...

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:59 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, it would hollow your stomach

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    Comment by Oyashiro-Chama
    19:20 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    double entendre~

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:25 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    i expected bad "Bleach" comments as the prior one, so please consider yours as "good" and +0.1'ed

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    Comment by Pyrolight
    10:18 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It was likely extremely dilute.

    Avatar of Notto Disu Shitto Agen
    20:47 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Not gonna lie, this made me remember this immediately:

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:51 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Did you read the article? They had it stored in a sake bottle.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:22 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Read the article, stupid.

    "...and discovered their staff had for some reason poured the detergent into a labelled 1.8 litre SAKE BOTTLE"

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    Comment by Tasche
    18:04 13/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    No shit son...why dont you read what i wrote too.... Im asking a question and you reply with a quote that sumerizes with doubt about what transpired. Key word in your quote is FOR SOME REASON, and that reason is what we are talking about.
    Why dont you take an english course on literary analysis before attempting to correct others.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:19 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's probably due to the highly refined tastes that the japs have. After all, they eat 3-year-old fermented fish and call it a delicacy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:35 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I've actually eaten that quite a few times, and it's petty tasty! Fermented fish is actually eaten in quite a few parts of Europe and many other places.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:49 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    ive eaten balut, and it's yummy.xD

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:37 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I've seen bumper stickers in the US, reading, "Legalize Lutefisk!" (Lutefisk is a Nordic "food" made of fish soaked in lye.)

    There's a good /reason/ why it's still outlawed!

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:23 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    But lutefisk is perfectly legal. You can buy it in restaurants everywhere.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:23 17/10/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ah, parent was thinking of surstrommung. And that is evil beyond the wildest plaguedreams of lutefisk (which is unpleasant, but possibly could be an acquired place - if you were stranded on a lifeboat with nothing to eat but the fishwrong that is lute).

    AFAIK surstrommung is illegal to transport by air as its contents - fermented and pressurised - are likely to go pop and either cause damage to aircraft or, more likely, to result in insurance claims against the airliner for ruined other people's luggage.

    Comment by Anonymous

    It's impossible to do that, the smell alone would tell you "Hey, this isn't sake!" along with the obvious shape of the bottle.

    I think that this was an attempt at murder, able to be explained away as an accident. Investigate the server and the bar extremely well police, it's going to pay off.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:01 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Would you want your server to put his nose over everything they serve and breath in and out? That wouldn't make you uncomfortable?

    I'll bet one employee poured the bleach into the bottle to store it out of the way, and another employee grabbed it when the first wasn't around, so the misunderstanding was quite easily done.

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    Comment by Imyou
    13:31 09/07/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Easily done, but completely unacceptable. If there was no other choice than to use a sake bottle, they should have very clearly marked it in at least a couple ways.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:22 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Guys, apparently you don't realize how much bleach smells. I can be halfway across a room and smell it when someone opens a bottle of bleach.

    I'm no "Wolverine" either.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:38 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Same guy here.


    Comment by Anonymous
    10:04 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Local authorities investigated the bar and discovered their staff had for some reason poured the detergent into a labelled 1.8 litre sake bottle, and then mistaken it for actual sake and served it to the customers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:21 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    As I said, i call bullshit on this. Again: the smell, the color, etc. etc. etc.

    No, they are basically taking the bar owners word for it and you NEVER DO THAT in cases like this.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:36 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    " attempt at murder..."

    There would be practically no chance of that working, so that is extremely unlikely. The patrons are obviously going to notice that something is not right after the first swig, and most people would notice the smell even before tasting it. While bleach could technically kill someone if they drank a lot of it and didn't seek medical help, the chances of that happening would be pretty slim.

    The bleach may have not even have been full strength. Since it was in a different bottle, that may have been because it was diluted with water. That could also explain why the smell was less noticeable.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:23 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    No one said that murderers are always bright. I can very well see a murderer trying this and having it fail on him.... hell, come to think of it, they had someone try to kill their child in this manner 5 years ago in the state where I live.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:24 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    That must be Ninja work!

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:51 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    while it is possible, would be exciting if it was a murder attempt. I've seen one like this case before.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:15 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Japan, tired of China quality beating them, decides that if you can't beat them... join them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:22 12/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Did they pour sake' in the laundry when they washed their whites? What a waste!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:26 11/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    How much alcohol do you have to drink before becoming too drunk to realize you're downing Clorox? Ansowe: A LOT apparently.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:21 13/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I expected this out of China. >_>

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    Comment by Skoll
    15:53 04/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't see how the patrons' painting instruments have anything to do with their taste.
    [palate, not palette.]

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:44 10/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I worked at a host club in Tohoku as a singer where my friend was a manager. Before work, the hosts would fill up expensive bottles of liquor with cheaper alcohol. Of course there would be true bottles, but once a patron was drunk enough, they'd switch to the fake bottles.

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    Comment by warjoke
    15:49 10/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    When did Kubo Tite opened up a bar?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:18 10/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    My throat also hurts from reading the latest bleach chapters. From screaming out in rage over the low quality.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:49 10/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    Dude you almost killed those people.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:30 10/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    so...does it mean bleach tastes like sake, or sake tastes like bleach?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:43 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol just lol
    who would fail to notice drinking bleach after tasting it?
    heavy drinkers who chug high% alchohol drinks like water instead of savoring it slowly, that is who

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