“Poke Poke Man” Arrested For Poking Food In Convenience Store Hot Pot (Video)

Arrested over 7 dollars.
On December 15th Aichi Prefectural Police arrested a 28-year old man on charges of destruction of property and forcibly obstructing business after they found a video he uploaded to Instagram where he repeatedly pokes the food (oden) in a convenience store hot pot. The man has admitted to the charges.

According to police, the incident occurred on November 28th at about 12:05 AM at a convenience store in the city of Tokoname in Aichi Prefecture. In the video the man, named Yusuke Toyoshima, can clearly be seen poking the food in the store’s communal vat of oden with his finger as he says “tsun tsun” (poke poke).

The food that the man poked, called oden, consists of ingredients like boiled eggs, daikon and fishcakes stewed in a light soy-flavored dashi broth and is often sold at convenience stores. Stores provide customers with tongs and ladles so they can both serve themselves and not directly touch any of the food. However, because Toyoshima touched the food directly the clerk was forced to throw away all of the food in the vat and wash all the utensils.

According to police, the female clerk said that because Toyoshima was large she was too scared to tell him anything when she saw him poking the food.

After the video started spreading online Toyoshima quickly gained the nickname “Oden tsun tsun otoko,” or the “oden poke poke man.” Although he initially seemed not to be repentant about his actions he has since apologized and shut down his Instagram account.

In total, the value of the food that Toyoshima caused the convenience store clerk to throw away was about 7 dollars.


Source: Mainichi Shinbun, Yahoo News Japan
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