Drive-Thru Doesn’t Work Like That: Conbini Car Crash


A young lady who sent her car plowing through the front of a convenience store, injuring one, appears to have escaped any charges, except general ones of incompetence, even after the basic nature of her mistake came to light…

The accident occurred around 4:30PM on the afternoon of the 26th; a female college student (19) crashed her car into a Family Mart, located in Akita.

According to the lady driver’s account, she had tried to stop the car in the parking lot, but in her haste mistook the accelerator for the brakes.

A 48-year old male customer who was in the store at the time suffered minor injuries to his upper face as a result of broken glass sent flying through the air after the vehicle collided with the store. He was quickly rushed to a hospital for treatment.

The driver appears not to have been injured (except perhaps to her pride).

In Japan incidents involving collisions typically hold the larger of the two involved at fault. This does not however, apply to entire convenience stores…

Via ZakZak.

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    Comment by Anonymous
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    Comment by ipood
    22:35 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It always impresses me how many insane/incompotent people are able to obtain a driver's license, nothing pisses me off more than drivers without common sense.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:37 29/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    comments to this made my day artical is funny to. <3

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    Comment by KYPMbangi
    19:00 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Looks like you can get away with anything in Japan. LOL

    Comment by rav3n
    05:04 29/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    A driven-in, huh... ?

    Comment by rav3n
    05:04 29/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    meant drive-in though...

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    Comment by knuclear200x
    08:18 28/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    heh. imagine if they really did work that way

    Comment by Sabotei
    10:00 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I once mistook the break for the accelerator... on a motorcycle when I was like 9.

    Nothing specific happened though except me falling off...

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:56 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Same stories that we hear in other countries as well.
    Seems to happen everywhere in the world.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:28 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agreed. Stupid post is stupid.

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    Comment by Artefact

    We hear them all the same.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:44 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    oooh so that's how you spell conbini meaning convience store XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:30 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    actually its a Konbini -> コンビに lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:20 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's normal to write it with a "c" since it's from "convenience".

    Comment by Chen
    05:14 29/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wait minute.
    コ = ko
    but isn't コ = co also true? (Nico Nico?)

    I have no idea. I just started learning kana, like.. last year. But I don't really need it, so it's hard to keep those characters in mind.

    And I startet really learning english about 2 years ago, so don't take me for a moron xD hm.. 2 years ago was also, when I started watching Anime on a regular basis. (With english Fansubs.) God did I feel helpless watching Evangelion three years ago...

    Comment by Chen
    06:07 29/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thanks for the explanation.

    It's just too bad, that nearly no one of the people living around me, will ever think of コ / こ as something with a meaning. Well,.. most of the people around here can't even understand english. But I think it was worth learning anyway. And if it was just to understand every article on this side.

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    Comment by Quen
    05:41 29/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    In all the currently used romanization systems for Japanese, コ = ko.

    However, the Japanese syllabaries (similar to alphabets) have a substantially smaller amount of sounds they can make compared to an alphabet system like the Roman alphabet, something it trades in return for losing the "how do I pronounce this word?" problems common in English, French, etc.

    Since there is no "co" kana symbol, a Japanese writer wanting to put "co" into Japanese is forced to use コ or こ, the closest substitute.

    That doesn't change the fact that the original intent was to write the letters "co", so some knowledge of the intended romanization is needed by the reader. As an example, everyone knows it's "Nico" and not "Niko", because it's shown all over the website.

    It's important to remember that the Roman alphabet and Japanese syllabaries are completely different writing systems, and romanization systems are only approximations of what people "think" is closest to the original words.

    In other words, it's safer and easier to think of コ / こ as コ / こ, and not ko / co.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:33 29/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Since the letter "C" can have the same sound as "K" It's sometimes used interchangeably. When I was in Japan, I saw many such instances of this. Also personally, I'd romanize it as "Conbini", for the reasons stated above.

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    Comment by Artefact

    I'll let someone else correct your kana abuse in turn...

    Comment by Tuapugui
    00:10 09/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    C'mon. be nice.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:50 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If there was ever a time to make extra sure you're not saying something stupid, it's when you're trying to correct somebody else. ;)

    Comment by Freedom III
    12:27 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Will do...コンビニ...

    Comment by Riful
    09:45 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nice knowing that woman are awful drivers world wide and not just in the U.S.

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    Comment by Chris
    10:34 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The real question is, what was she doing in the car rather then the kitchen?!

    We can only hope she was making a (dangerous) trip to the convenience store for more cooking supplies.

    Comment by Rawr Fear
    18:51 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dude, that has to be the best comment I've ever read on this site. If I could + rep, I so would right now.

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    Comment by Jarmel
    10:41 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What an irresponsible husband, he should have known better, and just ordered the food online. He needs to smack her when she gets home.

    Comment by Shimu
    09:52 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Who's car insurance is more pricey for those under 25 years old?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:49 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Coincidentally, the under 25 male crowd get in those accidents because they are trying to impress women. Ergo, women are the seed of evil.

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    Comment by Jarmel
    23:18 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Impressing who? What man in his right mind would let a woman drive a car? In fact she should be spread out on the bed ready for when he gets back picking up "supplies".

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:59 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    We women can impress whilst still maintaining our lower car insurance premiums.
    Ergo, suck it.

    Comment by Brad
    03:01 02/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You beat me to it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:13 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    She had a trifecta going against her. She was a Japanese woman trying to park a car. I could have been worse, though. If she were over 50, there would have been multiple casualties.

    I only half joke about this. The women in my family, and others I know, may drive well enough, but often have trouble parking, regardless of if it's a pull-in spot or parallel parking. Can I get confirmation from other Asians since, from what I've seen on the street, it doesn't seem to be restricted to Japanese women?

    Comment by lolipedofin
    11:55 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    lololol.... now how stupid can one be...?!

    Your last remark definitely made my day...

    Comment by Phuong
    12:19 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    *sigh* women drivers...

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    Comment by p1k4ch3w
    10:59 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pikachu is not impressed.

    Comment by sankyuu
    11:08 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    obviously the convenience store is at fault for being in the path of an asian woman driver

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