A new sushi fraud

nigiriThe malicious intentions of "Ore ore fraud" are known to everybody in Japan. Still, many people are scammed by it; the average person can’t be strong like Osaka people.

Recently I heard a new kind of fraud is increasing. Actually I’ve read about it on people’s blog so often. It’s "sushi sushi fraud." Generally sushi sushi fraud is like this… One day a middle-aged guy with a white cook jacket and white helmet (typical sushi delivery costume) comes into an office around lunch time. He says, "Sorry, did you order lunch yet? My son got an order for 30 sets of sushi from the floor above, but he made a mistake. They ordered only 3 sets! Now I have 27 leftovers. Each package usually costs 980 yen, but I will give you a discount. It’s only 500 yen. Would you buy it?"

When it comes to Sushi delivery, we usually think of "Nigiri"; we don’t order roll, or actually it is pretty cheap to buy roll sushi at the store. Seeing the delivery man haste, office workers think the sushi will go bad quickly (which would be the case with Nigiri). And since it is exactly lunch time, people think it’s a good deal and buy the sushi. But when they open the package, they discover it is just roll and usually costs less than 500 yen at the store.

Funny story? But I could find the posts where people fell for the fraud easily here and here and more, even WTBW too! We can laugh at this and sound serious. But since the delivery man does not say "it’s Nigiri," I don’t think it can be fraud. What do you think?

related link
Sushi topic from Paris
Eating sushi in Tokyo? I recommend this.

3 Comments so far

  1. Pavithra (unregistered) on November 25th, 2006 @ 11:16 pm

    Hi, Mari. This is Pavithra Srinivasan, from the Chennai metblogs. I was browsing through your city (via metblogs) – and I find your posts very interesting.:) Especially this one about sushi. I know what it is, courtesy National Geographic and TV … but reading about frauds is new. Same sort of thing that happens here – except that it’s happened to me with biscuits.


  2. superlove (unregistered) on December 8th, 2006 @ 3:13 pm

    “it’s happened to me with biscuits” = a Googlism.


  3. Thai Radio (unregistered) on December 29th, 2006 @ 6:15 pm

    I would get really angry!
    Nigiri are so good…



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