The Fukuoka District Court has ordered a man from the Higashi Ward to recompense Japan Rail Kyushu 1.3 million yen (around US$13,000) for his almost everyday “habit” of urinating in the elevator of the Chihaya Station from February to August of 2012. His daily peeing ritual resulted in the elevator’s corrosion, and the operator had to service and replace parts of the machine.
Judge Ryosuke Takahashi ordered the defendant to give compensation to JR Kyushu who spent almost 1.21 million ($12,000) just to replace the damaged parts of the elevator and the door and floor as well, which were not spared from the man’s weird habit. According to trial records, he would pass by the station everyday and when riding the elevator that connected the platform to the ticket gates, he would urinate inside it. While he admits to the act itself, there was no reason indicated as to why he would do it daily. Either he was suffering from incontinence that only happens when riding train station elevators, or he had a secret vendetta against the railway operator which he will not admit to in open court.
But what was even more surprising is that the defendant argued that JR Kyushu could have gotten the costs down if they had only reused the materials used from the repairs; yes, the same materials that he had already peed on several times. But the judge would have none of his flimsy arguments. Judge Takahashi declared that “the entire set of components needed replacement and nothing could have been reused.” What’s even more ridiculous is that argument was even used in the first place. Then again, we’re talking about a man who would publicly pee in an elevator for six straight months.