Around Edgy / Japan

Around Edgy / Japan

IDing by beer and cigarette vending machine

by Hiroki Yanagisawa on March 18, 2009 9:15 AM

When you were minor, you must have dreamed about acquiring a fake ID to purchase alcoholic beverage/cigarette. You must remember the moment when a shopkeeper asks for your ID and you reach your wallet, pretending what you are doing is totally legitimate.

Welcome to the minor heaven, Japan, my friend. There's no such concern.

We've got a vending machine that sells BOTH of them. Alcoholic beverages and cigarette.
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But there's one drawback.

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A sign says,
Stand in front of a mirror (attached to the vending machine) so that your whole face appears on the mirror. Then press a button. An announcement, "Confirming now." plays. Once "Available now" announcement plays 3 seconds later, you can insert money and make a purchase.

What it means is that there's someone watching you to confirm your age ...... well, superficially.

If you are minor, make sure that you purchase a fake mustache from WALLMART, or wherever beforehand, because someone's watching you in somewhere 24/7.

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AT:Hamarikyu Building (office building. THe next to this building is Asahi Shimbun (one of the leading Japanese newspaper companies) Tokyo Headquarter Buildings.)

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