Japan throws balls at shoplifters... and we want in!

26 May 2015

ek20080520wha In the UK, there's only really one way of dealing with shoplifters, and that is having some boring bleeping machines and a man with a clip-on tie to take chase, but ultimately, not catch the tea leaf.

Well, that should change. Sure, you can still have detectors and people who wear slacks and walkie-talkies... but things need to be livened up by some Japanese balls.

That's right! Our pals in Japan have a great solution of shoplifters in the shape of luminous baseballs that are thrown at people on the rob. Over there, they're known as bohan yu kara boru and what you do is, when someone is stealing, you chase after them and throw one of these balls at them.

When they hit, the thief is covered in orange dye and everyone knows that they've been pinching stuff. This is a system that only works if you think people can feel the pressure of public shame. Obviously, it means these scallies can be found very easily if they make a getaway.

Mainly, the good thing about this, is that security guards and shopkeepers can have some fun and make a fine spectacle for everyone watching a chase through a mall - watching a criminal get pelted with balls filled with luminous dye? What's not to like?

If you want to see what they look like, hit the video below. C'mon British shops! Get some in!

TOPICS:   Cool Stuff

2 comments

  • Dacouch
    What happens when they throw the ball and it inevitably misses and covers an innocent shopper in orange dye?
  • Jessie J.
    @Dacouch Better to be covered in dye than shot in the face like you would be in the US of A.

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