Sunday, January 23, 2005

NJ: If You Do The Wine, You Do The Time.

worst pun ever

This was linked from the local JET Yahoo Group, but since it has expired on the original site, I'm posting a copy from the cache here:

English teacher busted for using black and white copy of 1,000-yen note

ODATE, Akita -- A high school teacher has been arrested for using a black and white copy of a 1,000-yen note to pay a fare to a driver, police said Saturday.

Kazuya Ito, 31, an English teacher at Akita Prefectural Kosaka High School, is accused of using counterfeit currency.

His boss was apologetic about the incident. "It's not the kind of thing that a schoolteacher is allowed to do for fun, as counterfeit money incidents are serious problems. We apologize to our students and to their parents."

Ito handed a black and white copy of a new 1,000-yen bill to a driver in Odate at around 10:30 p.m. on Friday, police said.

The driver was initially unaware it was fake because it was dark inside the vehicle. However, he later noticed that it was black and white with the other side being blank, and alerted police. Ito had asked a transportation company to dispatch a man to drive his car after he got drunk with his colleagues.

The teacher used a copy machine to make a copy of the new 1,000-yen bill, and affixed a photo of a colleague to the watermark position, investigators said. Ito teaches English at Kosaka High School and is the homeroom teacher of a third-year class. (Mainichi Shimbun, Japan, Jan. 15, 2005)
Even I, with my color-blind eyes, can see the Japanese 1,000-yen bill (approx. $10) has color on it (check out this great page with pictures). And of course, the other side was BLANK. Additionally, it had a PHOTO OF A COLLEAGUE in the watermark position.

I say, if you can't tell the different between a black and white photocopy of a bill and the real thing, you have no one to blame but yourself. I mean, no one has ever passed the $1,000,000 bill, have they?

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