Are the Japanese shy

The Shinjuku Gyoen is the green lung of Tokyo, similar to Central Park. Image: imago stock & people

The Japanese are too shy - that costs their boss 200,000 euros

Shyness can seem cute and romantic, but it can also get you in big trouble. A 73-year-old ticket seller from Tokyo had to find out.

  • The old man was sitting at the cash register at Shinjuku Gyoen, a huge park in the center of the Japanese capital, popular with locals and tourists alike.
  • The entry that the man should have collected from all visitors was 200 yen (about 1.60 euros). But the old man spoke only Japanese and could not speak English or any other foreign language.

The park is very popular with tourists and locals. Image: imago stock & people

The seller was so embarrassed to admit this that, from 2014, he is said to have simply waved through foreign tourists in particular. It is said to have been around 160,000 visitors, which means a loss of around 200,000 euros for the park.

It all started with a bad experience - as the seller admitted:

"Once a tourist yelled at me like that because I don't speak any foreign languages ‚Äč‚Äčthat I was really scared."

Opposite the "Shankai Shimbun"

In the future he wanted to avoid contact with tourists. At the end of 2016, according to several media reports, a colleague of the park attendant is said to have become suspicious and reported the case.

The park suffered damage of around 200,000 euros. Image: imago stock & people

When the case became known, the guard was deducted ten percent of his monthly wage as a punishment. He has since resigned and offered part of his retirement bonus of around 2300 euros as additional compensation.

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