Robber Surrenders to Police After Taxi Driver Buys Him Dinner in Japan

A 66-year-old taxi driver sat parked on the side of a road in Himeji City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, when a 25-year-old man allegedly entered the cab and threatened him to hand over his cash.

Hand over your money,” demanded the passenger at about 1 a.m. on Sunday, holding the elderly driver’s head back by the hair, according to RocketNews24.

Unfazed and acting as cool as a cucumber, the driver calmly replied, “You’re young, you should think this through some more.


He was able to somehow get through to the young would-be robber and stop him from committing a criminal act.

In an unexpected turn of events, the driver and robber both stopped by a restaurant chain and sat down to have a meal together.

Details of the dinner conversation are unknown, but it must have struck a chord with the 25-year-old man because at around 2 a.m. he entered a local police station to turn himself in.


A similar incident occurred on Tuesday when a drunk American man named Brittain Kanoa, 27, was arrested on suspicion of robbery and injury along with a separate charge of causing injury, according to the Mainichi.

But this time the suspect fled from a taxi in Tokyo after he refused to pay the cab fare, and accidentally got back in the same vehicle when the 47-year-old driver made a U-turn.

Kanoa reportedly realized his “mistake,” assaulted the driver and then fled again, according to police.

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