Over the weekend, a 70 year-old man was arrested for loudly playing tape recordings of canned laughter in the direction of a neighbour’s house.
It seems that the suspect, a Mr. Kanji Fujimoto, recorded the guffawing from a bag o laughs toy, and is alleged to have played his comedy compilation about 300 times since September 2002.
After numerous warnings, the police finally decided to arrest Mr. Fujimoto when his harassed neighbour presented them with a medical certificate proving she had begun to suffer psychologically. When asked why he played the cassettes, the laughter loving suspect is quoted as saying, “[she] was monitoring my house with a helicopter.” Although sadly he failed to reveal why she was doing this, and how the cackling cacophony was supposed to combat it.
After his arrest, investigators did admit that some of Mr. Fujimoto’s words and actions were strange, but nevertheless they still see no problem in holding him criminally responsible for his actions.
Lets just hope the case isn’t ahem, laughed out of court.