The ‘problem’ of umbrella theft in Japan and countless ways to protect creative assets

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2021-10-14 01:15:34

Japan has long had a reputation as a relatively safe country, where valuable items such as laptops or phones can be easily forgotten and found again. But there is one cheap thing that is often stolen, stolen or even scrambled, which is umbrellas on a rainy day.

Theft of umbrellas placed outside convenience stores, train stations or office buildings in Japan is very common. One reason for this is that umbrellas in Japan are quite cheap, can be bought for about 300 yen, equivalent to 50,000 VND. Most people aren’t allowed to wear umbrellas when entering a building, so when a person has an umbrella stolen, anger can lead them to take away someone else’s umbrella placed nearby and this wave of “borrowing” will continue. Play until the last umbrella.

That’s why there are now small shelves outside convenience stores where people can temporarily leave their umbrellas. And more and more places, you can even lock them up to prevent them from being mishandled. In addition to ordinary locks, many places have now used smart locks that support unlocking with fingerprint sensors or smartphone apps.

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However, many people are still uneasy and determined to bring wet umbrellas into the office. Therefore, office buildings or shopping malls with multiple floors can have dryers like the one pictured above. It’s almost like a car wash, and the user just swipes the umbrella back and forth until it’s dry enough to fold without worrying about water dripping around.

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But not every place has a place to store an umbrella. That’s why many people have come up with countless creative ways to protect their assets. For example, stick or write “curses” on the handle of the umbrella to make those who want to take it “refrain”. On social networks in Japan, people even share a list of malicious curses that are highly effective in protecting people’s umbrellas.

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Some people are more skillful, drawing and writing on the handle of the umbrella strange shapes. Even painted on ghostly illustrations to “dispel umbrella thieves”.

However, this protection is also not perfect because for people in a hurry, they sometimes don’t care what is written on the umbrella, or simply don’t need to look at it.

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Another solution devised by umbrella manufacturers is to sell umbrellas with special prints, making others (other than the umbrella owner) feel embarrassed to use them. It is usually images of young girls, sexy pictures, or horror.

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Some people use toys such as fake bird droppings to stick to the umbrella handle, to keep people away. This measure is said to be quite useful in protecting personal bicycles. However, with umbrella thieves, often approaching at a close distance, if the eyes are sharp, they will soon realize they are fake and continue to take away your beloved umbrella.

One Twitter user shared how to protect his umbrella, which is to print out a sticker that says “Location tracker check terminal” and stick a mysterious chip in his hand hold. This guy’s purpose is to hope that people will be afraid of being discovered when they want to take away an umbrella that “looks more troublesome than it should be”.

However, many other users have argued that simply tearing the chip away is enough. And the last umbrella will still disappear.

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However, in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. seems like a safe new solution has emerged. Recently shared and spread on the Internet, it is said to be an extremely smart solution and can work “anytime”.

All you need to do is insert a crumpled paper towel between the handle and the edge of the canopy. Of course, the tissue should be clean and unused (but only you know that), because to other people it looks like someone blew their nose. Obviously, no one wants to touch a stranger’s snot, especially during a pandemic.

This solution has quickly received praise from a large number of online communities.

“What a great defensive method!”

“This is amazing! Why didn’t I think of it before?”

“Genius!”

“You can also wipe the chocolate on it…”

“Surely no one wants to touch that thing!”

Refer to Soranews24

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