Last summer, 61-year-old Akio Hatori, who lives in Tokyo, Japan, was not having the best of days when he went to ride he bicycle. When he got to it, he discovered that his seat had been stolen.
This is not the kind of thing that you want to experience when you are going to your bike but instead of just replacing the seat and moving forward, he decided to take it up a notch. In what could only be described as a bizarre way of getting revenge, he decided to steal the bike seats of 159 other individuals.
This week, officers from the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department’s Kamata Precinct arrested Hatori in connection to a bicycle theft that took place in Ota Ward on August 29, after analysis of security camera footage showed him removing the seat and placing it in the basket of his own bicycle before riding off. Other footage showed Hatori riding his bike with multiple removed seats in the basket, and a subsequent search of his home revealed that he’d been keeping the ill-gotten items, holding on to all 159 of them.
When asked about the thefts, Hatori said “I wanted other people to feel what I had gone through, and I stole the seats as a form of revenge.” Not generally the type of revenge that you should get when there is no evidence that the people you stole seats from were actually involved in that initial incident.