Many Japanese photo trends have been cool. Really cool! They've gone viral and spread beyond the country's borders for good reason. This one, though, is anything but cool. It's stupid.
In the past month or so, select members of the country's youth have been photographing themselves after they've climbed into things, usually electrical appliances.
It all started back in July, when a convenience store employee was photographed in an ice cream freezer. (Did I say this wasn't cool? I didn't mean it literally!)
That employee was subsequently fired, the convenience store chain apologized, and that particular shop was shuttered temporarily.
As previously posted, more idiots followed! After photos like this are uploaded, people online in Japan get angry because they feel like these employees are being disrespectful, the store or restaurant then apologizes, people are either punished or fired, and the established is closed temporarily so it can be cleaned and disinfected.
Online, these kinds of photos are leading to people saying that today's youth have poor morals or lack respect—you know, the usual things older people say about youngsters.
Yet, even with punishment being meted out and even with people online criticizing photos like these, you still see part-time employees crawling into appliances.
There are even customers doing the same!
The photo below surfaced on Monday. The supermarket apparently replaced all the ice cream in this freezer, which was also cleaned. This individual was a student at a cooking vocational school. According to Otaku.com, he has since been expelled.
Thankfully, not all Japanese youth are like this. On August 17, a photo of two young men who had cleaned bags of garbage off their local beach went viral, getting over 58,000 retweets.
In the original tweet, the young men asked people visiting the beach to clean up after themselves and throw away their trash. "Please mind your manners," the tweet read, adding that the two young men wouldn't forgive people for trashing up their hometown beach. More of this, please! Less sticking your face in freezers!
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