March 31, 2006

Sumo Criminal Tricks

Hatched by Sachi

Rule Number One: When burglarizing residences in Japan -- stay away from buildings inhabited by twenty or more top Sumo wrestlers.

This is the sort of advice that doesn't seem to need much explanation.

A Japanese burglar who thought he was lucky to find an unlocked door was shocked to be arrested by 20 massive sumo wrestlers who were staying at the building....

Konoshin Kawabata, 48, was rummaging inside a room in Osaka in the early hours when he was suddenly confronted by wrestler Dewanosato, who stands 180 centimeters (five-foot-10-inches) and weighs 131 kilograms (289 pounds).

"Without thinking, my body moved," Dewanosato, whose real name is Hideyuki Kawahara, told reporters. "I caught the guy and bear-hugged him."

It was a citizen's arrest, said a police spokesman.

Hearing the commotion, the other members of the Sumo "stable" popped out and surrounded Kawabata-san, more than 2.5 tons of angry, chankonabe-chomping champs. Kawabata-san might ponder the Japanese expression 人間万事塞翁が馬, "human affairs are like Saiou's horse" -- what looks like good luck might really be bad luck!

Hatched by Sachi on this day, March 31, 2006, at the time of 5:28 PM

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The following hissed in response by: hunter

Who needs locks when you have Suomo wrestlers?
What a hoot.

The above hissed in response by: hunter [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 1, 2006 5:10 AM

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