We’ve all done something stupid when we’re young I suppose. You drink too much, smoke too much weed or take a pill or some drugs. The innocence of youth combined with the fact that at that age, you still think you’re gonna live forever makes you do things that you wouldn’t do anymore when you’re older. Wisdom comes with age they say.
So was also the case of Mr. Shunsuke Honma, a 23-year-old resident of Edogawa Ward, Tokyo, who has worked as a bartender all night and then had a few drinks with friends after his shift had ended. Mr. Honma felt that he, for some reason, would not get on the crowded subway that day, but instead wanted to steal a car to get himself home. Make sense of course.
Thus, when spotting a garbage truck at around 7.50 am on a Friday morning of which the driver had kept the engine going and was busy pulling a nearby container to the pickup device in the back of the vehicle, young Mr. Honma thought his moment had come and he got into the truck and drove away with it.
Even in his intoxicated state, he was able to drive the vehicle for about 2 kilometers, before leaving it in front of the JR Shimbashi Station before abandoning it. He then proceeded to walk in the direction of Ginza to where he lived.
Police found the man after looking at security footage of the cameras in the area. About half an hour before he stole the garbage truck, he could be seen pulling open doors of multiple vehicles in security camera footage, according to the police report.
Mr. Honma, who does not even possess a driver’s license, has in the meantime admitted to the allegations and stated as the reason for his action that “since the morning trains are crowded, it was too much of a bother.”