Japanese convenience store clerk stops robbery with wooden kendo sword and fighting pose

Japanese convenience store clerk stops robbery with wooden kendo sword and fighting pose

Japanese convenience store clerk stops robbery with wooden kendo sword and fighting pose

Customer service in Japan really is incredible. For example, on October 16, at around 4 in the morning, a man walked into the Shimojima Minami branch of convenience store Circle K in Shizuoka City’s Aoi Ward.

Noticing that the man was wearing a ski mask and carrying a crowbar, an attentive male clerk who was working at the time quickly anticipated the man’s needs, and helpfully got the ball rolling by asking “You here for our money?”

“That’s right,” the man said, continuing their pithy yet cordial line of dialogue.

Of course, even in Japan there’s a limit to how accommodating business can be, and handing out cash to every robbery who asks for it, politely or not, isn’t something Circle K is prepared to do. So instead the clerk picked up a bokuto, or wooden training sword, that he kept handy.

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