What do you do when you've had enough of young girls sitting on the floor of the train, talking on their phone and acting like it's their home, when meanwhile you've had a gruelling day at work and just want to get through? One 35-year-old man in Yokohama decided that this time he'd had enough and kicked the 17-year-old girl sitting and chatting with friends beside him, apparently knocking her so hard that her face hit the train car door, chipping one of her teeth.
These spoiled brats who don't care when you tell them [things] (or ignore you and don't listen), while it may leave them with a painful memory, the only way to teach them is through their body — this is a normal education!
Blogger Fukuro writes about having a similar experience and nearly doing the same thing:
These young people were sitting together in the train in people's way, having a pleasant chat, and when I got off I intentionally cut cross right through them.
If that had turned into an argument…
Another blogger explains the problems involved in trying to get off trains nowadays:
Recently, there have been times when I get on that kind of train and I try to push the button to get off, I find somebody stand near to the open/close button and in the middle of playing a game. Even though I want to push the button, I can't [because they're in the way].
However, such people are rare, and anyways, I have to think hard about how I can reach the buttons.
One issue that was mentioned in quite a few blogs were the conflicting stories of the “kicker” and the “kickee”. Over at NEET no Me, one blogger congratulates the employee for kicking the girl and weighs in on this question:
In today's Japan, where these crazy young people sit and occupy space in public facilities, in places where people are passing through, and act as if they owned the place, the fact that this kind of person — a friend of justice — makes an appearance, this is really a sight for the gods.
so even though they were warned, they are not going to admit that they ignored [that warning].
Not all (although surprisingly many) bloggers were sympathetic with the man, and many were actually critical of both sides. One blogger asked if this was only a problem with young people, relating an experience dealing with the rudeness of older folks:
There are these 50 to 70 year-old people who come to the karaoke cafe across from the company where I work, and without much thought these people park their cars so that they're sticking out over the roadway. Then in addition, when they leave the parking lot outside of the cafe, they talk loudly on their phone. This is a daily occurrence.
Finally, for an imaginative graphic rendition of the event, check out the pic posted at this blog.