A foreigner was taken into custody yesterday after exceeding his daily gaijin smash limit with a jay-walk smash – his fourth gaijin smash for the day.
Foreigners in Japan are officially allowed three gaijin smashes per day, and five on public holidays.
Officials have issued a warning to all foreigners contemplating the use of additional gaijin smashes over the course of a 24-hour period.
“These rules are in place for a reason, if you over smash we will find you,” said one Tokyo law enforcement officer.
The man claims he forgot about a double smash he’d executed on the way to his English conversation school – talking on the phone in the train while simultaneously man-spreading to increase the already solid chances of not being sat next to.
His first daily gaijin smash was also a jay-walk smash employed earlier in the day on the way to his local station.
There remains some ambiguity in the law across different regions whether separate jay-walking plays on different occasions in one day constitutes several gaijin smashes, or whether the act of jay-walking for the day counts as one gaijin smash.
Authorities say the man will have his gaijin smashes suspended for six months, and be limited to one smash per day for the following six.