When most people do an unsatisfactory job at work, the worst they fear is that they will be fired. But the manager of a restaurant in Japan recently decided that he did not want to deal with the awkwardness of firing somebody, so instead he attempted to poison one of his employees for being an unsatisfactory worker.
According to Sora News 24, the manager of a Japanese-style pub in Himeji City, Japan, had a part-time employee that he did not think was working hard enough. The part-timer was a 20-year-old full-time university student working at the restaurant on the side, but the manager was reportedly not satisfied with the employee’s work ethic. The manager apparently decided that he did not want to fire the employee or have a talk about his work performance — so he decided to poison the man instead.
The manager reportedly went on the Internet and bought some datura seeds, which are extremely poisonous and can cause adverse reactions including amnesia, delirium, and even death. He then mixed the seeds up into a rice bowl, which he served to the employee.
The young man ate the food and reportedly woke up the next day extremely groggy and unable to move. An ambulance took him to the hospital, where it took him a full week to recover from the poisoning.
Meanwhile, the restaurant owner appears to have heard that the employee was ill and stopped by the restaurant to ask what had happened, and that’s when the manager mentioned the seeds. The stunned restaurateur immediately called the police to say that he thought his manager had poisoned one of the part-timers, and the manager was promptly arrested.
The manager was convicted of intentionally poisoning the employee, and he was sentenced to just three years’ probation.