Park worker punished for not collecting fees from foreigners
Jiji -- Jan 21
The Environment Ministry said Friday that it has punished a 71-year-old part-time worker at Shinjuku Gyoen National Park in central Tokyo for neglecting to collect entry fees from some non-Japanese speakers.

According to the ministry, the worker claimed that he was not familiar with foreign languages and had been traumatized by trouble with a foreign visitor.

The worker was punished with a 10 pct pay cut for a month. He voluntarily resigned the same day, offering to return half of his retirement benefit, or 300,000 yen.

He provided tickets for free to foreign visitors who did not seem to him prepared to pay fees of 200 yen for general visitors and 50 yen for elementary and junior high school students, by issuing tickets on a ticketing machine and later canceling them.

Cancellations, including proper ones, were logged for a total of some 160,000 tickets on the machine, also used by other workers, from April 2014.

News source: Jiji
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