Yesterday, at the end of my post, I talked about deterring theft at convenience stores and gas stations. Today I thought it was worth mentioning one of the plans that the Japanese have.

Behind the counter at every gas station, convenience store, and other similar establishment there is (at least) one ball filled with a permanent dye. The idea is that if someone comes into the store to steal or attempt to steal, the clerk should throw the ball of dye at them before they escape. That way the perp will be marked (for a good long time) with the incriminating dye.

A clever, non-violent, idea….don’t you think?

Perhaps next time I will tell you about the plan at school.

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3 Responses to “Deterrent”

  1. Jonathan says:

    That seems like a bad idea to me, at least for the US or other areas where most would be robbers are armed in some way. I know guns are illegal in Japan, but I would think that if I was a clerk and a robber was able to coerce me into getting money out of a cash register then I wouldn’t want to throw anything at him for at least the next several minutes.

  2. Marc says:

    Are there a lot more robberies at knifepoint in Japan? Samurai sword?

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