A Japanese man went nuts and smashed stuff after feeling that his boss didn’t appreciate his gift
TOKYO (Reuters) - A disgruntled Japanese worker smashed up his employer’s office in a fit of pique after his boss ignored his gift of jelly desserts, a national paper said on Thursday.
When the employee realized that his boss had left the box of jellies unopened under his desk, he smashed 22 computers in the office with a truncheon, the paper said. No one was injured in the incident.
This incident kind of shows some differences between US and Japanese culture, doesn’t it?
First, we usually don’t give gifts to the boss and secondly, we kind of expect them to be ignored or unappreciated if they’re given. You can see that in movies like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and Mr. Destiny.
And, as for office violence, when we have a violent incident you can expect the SWAT team to be called because it’s likely to involve a gun given our level of personal firearm ownership whereas the Japanese general population has been largely disarmed since the 1600’s. Fortunately, I suppose violent incidents like the one above are rather rare in both our nations. Most people just suffer in silence when snubbed by the boss.
What do you think? Have you ever seen workplace violence? Any other observations between US and Japanese culture?