Tuesday, April 25, 2006

The chainsaw-wielding senior at the magazine rack

Police in Japan recently arrested a 70-year-old man after he threatened convenience-store clerks with a chainsaw.

The man had been browsing magazines for 3 hours when the manager finally asked him to either buy something or leave. He chose the latter, but then showed up soon after with a running chainsaw. Fortunately no one was hurt.

Apparently, the man was a fixture at the convenient store, coming in to browse magazines in marathon sessions on a daily basis.

Anyone who's been to Japan has surely seen the throngs of non-buying browsers at bookstores and magazine racks. I've always wondered why the booksellers are so patient with them, allowing them to browse to their heart's content instead of chasing them away.

Now I know why.

—Mellow Monk

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