Many of us have seen odd collections from people across the world. It's fascinating how they can patiently and consistently find things or items that they could add to their collections. For instance, a Japanese man has collected around 5,800 bicycle seats but, the thing is, these are all stolen.
Last November 2019, police arrested Hiroaki Suda, a 57-year-old truck driver, at a train station and a parking lot for bicycles in Higashiosaka, Japan’s Osaka prefecture. According to Oddity Central, an online site that features bizarre events, unique travel destinations, weird inventions, freaky characters, odd art, and many more, Suda was caught by a surveillance camera stealing two bicycle seats worth about ¥8,000 ($75).
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After admitting to the charges, Suda also confessed that he had stolen thousands of more bicycle seats for over 25 years. “I began to steal bike seats about 25 years ago in Tokyo and Osaka to relieve stress at work and, gradually, collecting them turned out to be fun,” he said. He kept all of those at a rental storage facility. Through his job, he managed to travel all over Japan where he has stolen bike seats from every area of the country.
According to Inquirer.Net, an English-language newspaper in the Philippines that covers top stories on politics, legislation, environment and government policies as well as updates from around the globe, the Osaka Prefectural Police said that Suda is now facing theft charges. However, this isn’t the first time this happened. Last October 2019, Akio Hatori, 61, was also arrested for stealing bike seats in Japan. After his own bike seat was stolen in 2018, he decided to do just the same. Police discovered 159 seats in his house.
“I had to buy another bicycle seat after mine was stolen in the summer of 2018. After that, I started stealing out of revenge. I wanted others to know the feeling," Hatori said.