The Tokyo Metropolitan Police stated on Monday that 10 employees, including the manager, of a club in Shinjuku Ward‘s entertainment area were arrested for stealing money from their intoxicated customers. The instance for which they were charged with saw the suspects, who worked at the club Vegas, robbed a 33 year old male customer of 600,000 yen (approx. $7,290) between the hours of 2:00 and 4:00 AM on October 17th.
In a situation of just how drunk one can get, the victim is believed to have fallen into a drunken stupor, at which the point the manager, a 42 year old man from Nigeria, took his bank card and used it to withdraw cash from a nearby ATM machine. The club employees had cleverly gotten the customer’s PIN number by escorting him to the machine earlier in the night to get cash in order to pay his bill, which they had of course racked up with charges.
Investigators are said to be aware of eight different instances since September where customers had been robbed of at least 3 million yen ($36,400) while at Vegas. Tokyo Police also believe the team of club employees managed to collect 1 billion yen ($12.2 million) through similar tactics since opening in 2006.[via Tokyo Reporter]