Attention Seeker Arrested For Crying Lion


Kumamoto police have apprehended a prankster responsible for falsely tweeting about (and providing a false image of) an “escaped lion” during the aftermath of the prefecture’s devastating earthquakes back in April, a rather drastic punishment that has many questioning why the authorities would utilize the internet as a means of locating potential emergencies.

The 20-year-old electrical worker was arrested on the grounds of “fraudulently interfering with the duties of zoo workers“, admitting that he wrote the tweet with the intent to “shock people” – and it did indeed earn him his 5 minutes of fame as the message was retweeted over 20,000 times in a single hour.

The false image present in the tweet, which apparently originates from a movie:


A statement from police had revealed the incident was the first ever to use the “fraudulent interference” charge to arrest a person spreadin false information online during a disaster, a fact that many are naturally having various difficulties with.

While the “prank” seemed to be relatively harmless, the widespread notoriety of the tweet had caused the staff at the Kumamoto Zoo and Botanical Gardens to deal with over 100 phone calls regarding the non-existent lion – a significant hindrance to their efforts in minimizing the side-effects of the earthquakes.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    06:00 25/07/2016 # ! Good (+0.8)

    That's what you get for lion about something so serious

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    Comment by Noodlestein
    15:56 25/07/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, they can stay.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:21 25/07/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    the problem with the prank was the awful timing. if done at a different time it would have been just a prank.

    Avatar of コマエダ・ナギト
    00:03 26/07/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, the thing is, this thing can be dangerous if it really happens.

    So giving a heart attack to others = Life in prisons.

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    Comment by Daniel Park
    06:16 25/07/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Kumamoto? He might gotten away with it if he'd said it was a bear ;)

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:12 25/07/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    why do i have a feeling this guy was high while playing pokemon go?

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:27 25/07/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Most probably not, to get high in japan you need to know yakuza.

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    Comment by SomeDuder
    00:58 26/07/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    You can get high on moe~~~~

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:46 25/07/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    shadow is too dark and the lion is still too detailed for that lighting and low resolution camera to be real

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:52 25/07/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    worth of a reprimand not jail.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Well of course they were arrested, this could have very well have gotten people killed. In a disaster situation where seconds can be the difference between life and death (a lack of oxygen from being trapped or someone bleeding out) wasting time and screwing with officials is extremely serious. Disaster tip hotlines probably got loaded with nonsense among who knows how many other things.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:34 25/07/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    except that isnt what this is about. the only man power that was lost were zoo employees, not rescue workers.

    the reason this dude got arrested is because japan has a stick up its ass and wanted to save face. no one bothered to fact check and find out that the guy just posted screenshots from a movie.

    if someone tweeted footage of the white house blowing up from independence day and claimed terrorists attacked, i can tell you this much for sure. america wouldnt lose their shit the way japanese would.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:43 25/07/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    oh please, if you think law enforcement wasn't involved as well, you're a retard

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:28 25/07/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    America does lose their shit the same way Japan does, it simply suffers way less annual disasters.
    Tecnically it is still a crime of interference with authorities, even if most of the time it is not pursued. Heck, probably they just want to "set an example for practical jokers", the guy will stay for a bit in jail until the judge sentences him for exactly the same time he was incarcelated and that's it.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Omg, what? When Georgia tried to pull a war with Russia, the whole America was such a shitfest, it smelled even on the moon! Just because average american doesnt even know, there is country, called Georgia.

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