SENDAI -- The Sendai Legal Affairs Bureau in this northeastern Japan city announced on April 27 that it had suspended a male office worker for six months for stealing three cans of chili powder from a restaurant.
The eatery in Sendai's Aoba Ward noticed a can of chili powder had been stolen on March 24 and reported it to police. The legal affairs worker, who is in his 50s, admitted to the allegations during questioning by officers from Miyagi Prefectural Police's Sendai Chuo Police Station.
The man had worked at the bureau since September 2016. He was quoted by the bureau as saying, "I like to dust chili powder on my food."
A bureau director dealing with the incident released a comment, saying, "We will strengthen employee guidance and education and make utmost efforts to rebuild trust."
The officer took voluntary retirement from the bureau on the same day as his punishment was announced. The three cans of chili powder, stolen between January and March, were worth a total of 1,848 yen.
(Japanese original by Issei Takizawa, Sendai Bureau)