Foreigners who come to Japan for the first time are astonished by many things. Many things in the country look very different from what we’re used to seeing on a daily basis. Here’s one of them. It’s rather tricky I warn you! Take a look at the picture below. There are a couple of bright orange balls in the picture below.
What are they for? Here’s a hint: they are filled with bright paint, usually orange, and placed near the cash register in a shop.
Here’s another hint: store staff is trained to throw them! Still no idea? These are anti-crime balls!
They are made to tackle the shop robberies. A cashier throws a ball at a thief. The ball explodes, covering the criminal with bright paint, which enables the police to easily identify him and arrest! The balls also act like intimidation to potential burglars. A great idea isn’t it?