January 20, 2008

16-year-boy arrested after extravagant spree at hostess bar

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A 16 years old teenager posing as a rich person racked up a huge bill at a hostess bar and was arrested when the management discovered he was underage and penniless. He will be also charged for drinking alcoholic drinks. There are drinking age laws in Japan, but is not common practice for Japanese businesses to demand ID from customers who purchase alcoholic beverages.

(JT) SAITAMA — Police have arrested a 16-year-old boy on suspicion of going on an extravagant drinking spree earlier this week at a bar in Niiza, Saitama Prefecture, without having a penny, police officials said Saturday.

The suspect, whose name is being withheld as he is a minor, was held by officers after the bar's staff found him unable to pay about 370,000 yen for two bottles of expensive champagne as well as 60 glasses of whiskey and cocktails. He also asked for four to five hostesses to attend to him.

The unemployed boy appeared at the bar alone at around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday and the staff called police as he told them at around 4 a.m. Thursday that he had no money.

The suspect was quoted by police as saying that he wanted to drink and went on to a spree just to see how things would turn out.

The staff said they did not think he was a minor as he looked older than his age as he spoke with the bar hostesses and placed orders for alcohol, according to police.

Drinking alcohol is banned for minors under 20 in Japan.