Girl Arrested for Charging Phone

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A young lady (20) who had the temerity to charge her phone using a socket at a railway station has been arrested for theft of electricity, after a passerby called police to avert the robbery, having stolen 0.015 watt hours (or 54 joules), worth a shocking total of 0.03 yen ($0.0003).

The lady, a student, is suspected of charging her phone at a station whilst waiting with a friend. A passerby saw the crime in progress and dialed 110, summoning police, who came rushing the arrest the thief before she fled with her ill-gotten gains.

After being arrested the thief was repentant: “I understand now it was a bad thing to do.”

Police issued a reprimand, but did not consider her crime grievous enough to prosecute, treating it as a minor offence.

The police in charge had this to add: “Theft is theft, even three hundredths of a yen.”

Via Asahi.


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    Comment by Tim
    09:08 12/09/2008 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    they wasted time arresting this girl so they don't have to catch real criminals.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:00 16/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japanese police can't do shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:46 21/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    last time i checked the japanese police arrested everything that fall in line. hell they make sure that you get fined and arrested for anything this incident does not surprise me at all.

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    Comment by Kageryu
    06:06 12/09/2008 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Thank God, set this girl loose on the streets, and it'll be chaos.

    Comment by kyouya
    08:18 12/09/2008 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I blame the parents... :/

    Comment by hentaispyder
    21:57 12/10/2008 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    its about time this madness was stopped... thank god.

    Comment by LiLGh0st
    12:27 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Good thing she got charged! I hope she doesn't go rampaging on my streets and steal 3 hundredth of a yen worth of electricity!

    Comment by King of Hentai Gods
    02:57 26/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol, cunning selfish station go shut urself down...

    Comment by KSking

    The police sure responded fast. I wonder if she was charging her own phone while calling the cops as well.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:24 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    blame the society

    Comment by 152
    10:49 15/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    I blame the schools. =\

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:59 01/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'll blame the phone company.... not even power supply in the battery LOLX!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:07 09/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I blame this to the breakdown of society

    Comment by  
    11:04 15/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I blame the feminists.

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    Comment by 3rn3s70
    07:12 15/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i blame the feminazis

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:50 07/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's the video game's fault, I tell you!

    Kids these days think that just because they can recharge their mp at any save-point, they are allowed to recharge their phones at any wall sockets around the place!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:40 07/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Most win I've ever read online. Ever. As for me? I blame the rap music.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:28 09/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The kids, they listen to the rap, which makes them charge their phones in public, ya see?

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    Comment by Vetus
    12:39 07/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    In that case, The World Ends With You (where you save your progress via your mobile phone) is to be blamed. XD

    Comment by Supakitsune
    11:08 28/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    But in TWEWY the phones were basically idle when they weren't receiving the mission mails...
    Using the menus and text messaging don't take up so much battery power... An idle phone could probably last three weeks straight, I bet :P

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    Comment by Sevodax
    09:27 28/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    TERRORIST!!!I can`t believe terrorists this days are getting younger and more evil...I think she was part of a conspiracy to take over the world!!YEP that must be it!

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:57 12/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If she remains on the streets,in a few more years she'll steal a whole yen worth of electricity. The pandemonium that follows will be of epic proportions.

    Comment by Joe
    06:06 12/09/2008 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    seriously wth kind of uber goody two shoes called the police!

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    Comment by AmericanGrunt
    21:15 02/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They arrest people for stealing power, but let rapists run free.

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    Comment by Ukonkivi
    17:44 18/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ah, nice one.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:32 10/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    wow... someone called the police to arrest a girl just because shes charging her phone. that person deserves to get beaten.

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    Comment by masayuki
    17:20 18/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    shit, i did that at narita airport..

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:28 30/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If it's illegal, why are there sockets anyway? Isn't that kinda like the "don't press this" button?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:10 30/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    In our place we do that everyday... including the police

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:27 15/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is so stupid. I could be caught for this 'crime' anytime! Where I live so are there outlets that people use all over. Not only the stations, but the trains as well have them so that you can use your laptops on them without draining your batteries. Its absurd to actualy arrest a paying customer for using a service.

    Comment by bobo
    19:32 28/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You know.

    Stories like this,

    makes me glad to not be in Japan.

    Totally stupid.

    The amount of energy and time wasted over less than a penny of power? The Police wasted time and money doing retarded crap like this. If they spent 30mins with her, perhaps $40 worth of time was lost. If they took her to court, put her in jail for it. A few thousands dollars on top of that.

    These guys can RUSH to stop someone from charging a cellphone. But they HAVE a hard time catching
    molesters. Perhaps too busy chasing people over petty crimes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:41 09/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    what the... i do it all the time, except with my LAPTOP.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:11 15/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sorta reminds me about that time (I live in Hong Kong) where I brought a drink to a cafee I usually go over to and some jerk-off customer reported me to the regular staff (some of whom I knew) so I had to leave (didn't have any non-plastic on me that time). The staffer was kinda apologetic, but a bit overly concerned on later visits whether I'd bought or not. Most people are kewl with it though, 's long as you contribute fairly.

    Spirit of the law I say. These are the seeds of their retarded call-ins.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:52 04/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    hmmm no new posts here... came back coz it was an interesting news item given the recent train station exhibitionists
    I did buy there regularly btw (the coffee shop)

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:50 02/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's funny that one stingy f***ing cheapskate called the police for this, but it's ridiculous that they came.

    If Monty Python were still around, it would be movie magic.

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    Comment by Mitchell
    05:22 20/01/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    United states hers, and I never see anyone complain about people charging their phones, unless you could a lack of sockets open. Waste the cops, and the 110(rescue operator?) time. Whoever called that in should be jailed for a night for that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:17 11/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    “Theft is theft, even three hundredths of a yen.”

    If so, then I want to sue my country for stealing my tax! They took my tax and they put it on their pockets! Theft is Theft, right?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:56 04/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It probably costed hundreds or thousands of times more tax just to warn her than what she "took"...

    Now THAT'S what I call theft.

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    Comment by Dia
    00:32 15/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Our uni had a stand with all kinds of different phone chargers you could use. The stand was provided by some kind of operator but uni clearly didn't mind the electricity.

    Comment by Kuromatsu
    08:36 05/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    first to all, did you saw? the pic's girl it's pants'less

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    Comment by ephemRx
    15:49 25/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    OH SHEEEEEIT.

    And I do that all the time. I'd hoped they would only crack down on males they catch, but it seems my time is a'coming D':

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:53 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The outlet is there for a reason so use it!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:46 14/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They would of sentenced me to life in Jail for using random power connections to charge and use my laptop in college.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:41 17/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That pic is so hot!

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    Comment by Da_Nuke
    06:29 01/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Here in Mexico, you see people shamelessly putting a cloth hanger in power lines and drawing their electricity from there. In poor neighborhoods it's not rare to see houses concentrated around power lines, with entire fucking forests of energized wires hanging from the posts.

    This is excessive though... you can't do anything in Japan because otherwise you're gonna get arrested...

    Comment by Kman
    22:49 22/09/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Outlet in a public area = free electricity... right? Or maybe they putted them there as decoration, dunno...

    Comment by karry
    16:42 13/09/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Umm...and why exactly do they have outlets there ?
    Certainly not for...i dunno...SUPPLYING POWER ???

    Comment by KSking
    06:59 20/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well the chargers are obviously meant to help the train molesters prepare by fully charging all their toys before the train arrives.





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