Police Arrest Man for Eating 7 Cherries

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Police have arrested an elderly man for the heinous crime of picking 7 cherries from a tree, charging him with theft in a crime so shocking it was reported in Japan’s major newspapers and on TV.

The 66-year-old man was spotted one afternoon in Yamagata prefecture picking cherries from a tree in a field by a 64-year-old agricultural worker in a neighbouring field.

She called police, who came rushing to the scene. Upon questioning he admitted picking 7 cherries from the tree, worth a total of ¥200, and was promptly arrested for theft.

He claimed he “ate them because I was hungry.” The 69-year-old owner of the field says that “this year was a poor harvest, so each cherry is precious, but it’s also quite sad if he did this because he was hungry.”

Online there is some debate as to which is more amazing – that police went to the trouble of arresting him, that a crime of this scope found its way into the national media, that they felt the need to report his name (curiously recent cases of shoplifting teachers and police escaped this honour), or that 7 cherries cost all of ¥200.


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    Avatar of uber phallas
    Comment by uber phallas
    19:45 25/06/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "...that a crime of this scope found its way into the national media"

    Media: We need some exciting news!

    "Police arrest man"

    Media: Hm...

    "Police arrest man for eating 7 cherries"

    Media: Brilliant!

    Avatar of Conduit
    Comment by Conduit
    05:06 26/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    See, this is what happens when you have a low violent crime rate, the police get bored and decide to dream up absurd charges to arrest people on, just so they can have something to do.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:45 27/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Don't worry. The rapists and paedophiles of Japan keeps the police busy...when the police aren't chasing after random males for just being in the vicinity of a female.

    Yeah...priorities...

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:13 26/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh give me a break. It's not like countries with lots of violent crime lack in the police abuse department.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:20 26/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pop the cherry! POP IT!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:30 26/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    hang him up !

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    Comment by cpc65
    07:03 26/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    from the cherry tree

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:51 27/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    and bury his body beneath it, so the cherry tree may suck all the blood from his body and produce nice pink sakura petals next year

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:11 27/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The original headline:

    "Police conclude 7 cherries committed suicide."

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:23 26/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well he was pretty much stealing crops from a farmer even if it was just a couple of cherries.

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    Comment by kintama00
    21:49 25/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    hahah superb..

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    Comment by Gustav
    23:37 25/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wll, the incrdible redartedness certainly makes this newsworthy...

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:28 25/06/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I came in expecting it to be about a man stealing the cherry of 7 girls...

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:45 27/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It would be sad if cherries of 7 girls were worth a total of 200 yen.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:31 27/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    FEUDALISM IS ALIVE AND WELL IN JAPAN..

    BONZAI~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ triti

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:23 26/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    So was I, the was that Sankaku misleads you with it's titles

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:03 25/06/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    the real crime here was the wasted man hours (tax dollars) wasted processing this man.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:48 05/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It's so true. Cops get paid much more than the 7 cherries are worth.

    20:21 25/06/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "so each cherry is precious"

    my precious

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:18 26/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    wizard logic

    Avatar of Titang
    Comment by Titang
    17:52 25/06/2012 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    It's a crime being born a Japanese man.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:05 25/06/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I swear, these current laws (Not just Japan, worldwide) are fucking hilarious...I don't get this shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:23 26/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Law is to protect the ruler class, not you. Thats why you'd feel uncomfortable, just as anyone(except ones in high class)

    Avatar of Gitami
    Comment by Gitami
    13:02 26/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    High price lawyers say yes to your statement.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:10 27/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Another raw raw raw fite da powah 10-something retard. Does it feel good to masturbate yourself into thinking you are somekind of a rebel? Grow some balls and grow the fuck up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:48 26/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The crazy one is actually the owner of the cherry tree. Stealing food out despair is usually only punishable if charges are pressed. Then again... This is like stealing candy at a supermarket.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:37 26/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    To be honest this is cleary a crime for stealing food.

    But come on, 200 yen, that`s like a 2$? Is this old man perhaps a beggar?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:42 26/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Taking candy from a store is clearly stealing, as in, it is merchandise, it was brought there with the intention of being sold.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:26 25/06/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    So, how much is it okay to steal.

    7 = ok
    7,000 = not ok

    Where do you draw the line? Theft if theft.

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    Comment by Pyrolight
    00:45 26/06/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    It depends a lot on the nature, frequency, cost, and response (police) cost of the crime.

    Arresting someone over eating 7 cherries is stupid is every respect.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:53 25/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    7 or 7,000? that was a ridiculous comment, you will arrest a 64 years old man for eating those cherries because he was hungry, but when you see a Yakuza or a Yankee doing worst things than that you will let him go? yeah right...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:21 26/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    You guys steal the cherries, then use them to grow cherry trees in your garden and proceed to share the cherries and their seed with the whole world. And nothing goes to the first poor agricultural worker.

    Pirate scum.

    Avatar of Chen-04
    Comment by Chen-04
    21:36 25/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Simple. As long as you don't make a business out of the "stolen" stuff its okay.

    Avatar of Chen-04
    Comment by Chen-04
    06:21 26/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    "But, theft is theft."

    No, it's not. It's cherries growing on a tree. If there were TVs growing on my tree then be my guest and take one for yourself.

    "then moving down the road and taking 7 more from another farmer?"
    Geez, maybe he walks on to the next one to get an apple or something. Big fucking deal.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:49 15/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I know how much you all *love* the Bible on here, but this was all I could think of when I saw this article:

    Deut 23:24 “If you go into your neighbor's vineyard, you may eat your fill of grapes, as many as you wish, but you shall not put any in your bag."

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:17 26/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I live in a agricultural neighbourhood, and it is well known over here that if a farmer doesn't press charges when someone steels a few apples, soon the whole neighbourhood knows and your trees end up empty. So I understand why he pressed charges.
    The price... not so much. Although maybe there's a statutory fine in there for the act of stealing as such, and let's not forget that Japan invented the luxury fruit. Imagine if you will a watermelon which is is perfectly round and utterly shiny and flawless... €30, not kidding.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:42 26/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    but the news said HE owns the fukken field

    so WTF man WTF!!

    Comment by Anonymous

    "Simple. As long as you don't make a business out of the "stolen" stuff its okay."

    Okay, so I break into your house, take your TV and set it up in my living room. All is good, right? I didn't sell it or anything. I'm took it for personal use.

    Personally, if I had owned the cherry tree, I wouldn't have pressed charges. I think I could spare a few cherries if the guy was really that hungry.

    But, theft is theft. This is one of those things that have to be black and white as far as the authorities are concerned. Otherwise you could have situations where the victim feels like he is getting screwed because the guy only took 7 cherries, not eight.

    There's also the matter of, if you set hard limits on what is and what is not allowed, people will find a way to cheat the system. If 7 cherries is okay, then what's to stop the guy from taking 7 cherries from this farmer and then moving down the road and taking 7 more from another farmer?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:43 25/06/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Its not a good thing to go around popping cherries

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:15 26/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Popping cherries warrants even less punishment there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:12 25/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lies! Popping cherries makes everyone happy!

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:45 25/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Japanese elderly man stealing cherries from elderly woman.

    You see, the issue wasn't the cherries. The issue was that he have a penis.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:17 26/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    and her cherries spoiled.

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    Comment by Elizebeth
    06:33 26/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Tehehehe!

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:42 25/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Wow, what I'm more amazed at is how that nutty bitch called the police on the guy. I feel sorry for the old man :(

    Comment by Dark Mage
    22:03 25/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    If I was a cop I probably would have tazed and arrested the bitch for abuse of emergency services.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:22 26/06/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    If I was a cop, I would have arrested whoever sell 7 cherries for 200 Yen.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:17 26/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Nice call officer!

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:38 25/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Where I live you can have a pound of big sweet cherries for ¥200. And my neighbours who have lots of cherry trees are giving them for free, because they are nice chaps. It's like nobody pays attention to kids (or granpas, or anybody) who pick cherries when walking by.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    22:05 25/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The cherries would not even be worth that even after they been graded and covered in chocolate as I can by a dozen chocolate cherries at walmart for $2.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:48 25/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Same shit, bro
    (I live in Ukraine)







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