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the bored police

As you probably know, Japan is a crime-free zone. In fact, there haven't been any crimes here since 1978. However, there is a police force - a very bored one at that.

In an effort to justify their existence, and to make their life more interesting, the police have embarked on a poster campaign showing people how to commit crimes.

The police are currently encouraging bag-snatches, shoplifting and bicycle theft, although they have requested that people kindly refrain from drive-by shootings and serial killings. Here's one of the posters below.

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On Saturday, 20 August, 2005, Blogger Natalie said:

Ooooh! I thought they were posters of people in the process of drive-by gifting. I thought he was giving the lady a purse. Part of the fashion police, maybe. And the other photo was of him putting healthier groceries in her basket. I'm glad you cleared that up for me.  



On Monday, 22 August, 2005, Anonymous John said:

There were signs at the security search area in Incheon airport the other day telling people how to construct a shoe bomb too. There is a detailed cross-section diagram showing the placement of all the essential components, and even recommendations for the best type of explosive type and the best style of shoe.  



On Tuesday, 23 August, 2005, Anonymous Chris said:

Last weekend was the last time I've seen the Japanese police doing any 'policing'. They had a guy's bag open and were olding what looked like a heroin vial - the guy who's life they were in the process of wrecking was standing casually - they hadn't thought to restrain him or anything - they were pretty much ignoring him as they went through the bag. That's what a lack of experience does for you!  



On Thursday, 25 August, 2005, Blogger GC (God's Child) said:

lol
is this for real?
When I was living in Tokuyama I was a victim of bicycle theft. I guess the police were really working hard on the case because my bicycle was recovered several months later in great condition--something to do with the serial number being registered with them.  



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