Do Not Kill Me With Your Deadly Flip Phone


A woman in her teens was with her friend when she thought she spotted a man carrying a knife or something similar near Sendai Station in Miyagi, Japan.

Sendai Station is the busiest rail in Japan’s northeastern Tohoku region, and among the crowds of people, her perception of reality proved to be misleading. The sight startled her, and she called the police officers to the scene for further investigation.

During the police investigation, her friend shared her side of the story, which was not as threatening. She told the police officers that the man was not carrying a knife or cutter. He held an ordinary, outdated flip phone.

It remains unclear whether the girls had a discussion about what gadget they saw in his possession.

The police officers examined the security footage, and they tracked down the man that the ladies were describing. With his consent, they searched his belongings, and he did not have a knife. The man was not a criminal — he was an old-school user of the flip phone.

No charges will be made against him because there were no unlawful actions on his part. He did not injure anyone with the buttons on his phone.

This millennial can be excused for her ignorance of the flip phone because smartphones are the norm in Japan, and flip phones are slowly phasing out. Also, in her defense, the traditional Japanese handsaws have a rectangular shape to their blades with length/width ratios similar to a flip phone.

One person commented on the story: “Better safe than sorry. A child or teenager doesn’t need to be groomed against speaking out. Plus, Japan needs more Good Samaritans, unafraid to speak out if they see something suspicious, especially in public venues.”


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