A 32-year-old man in Kobe, Japan, turned himself in last week for stealing a wallet because he wanted to eat the prison’s food.
When asked why he turned himself in, his response was, “to eat the tasty food Nagata Precinct serves prisoners in its holding cells.”
The boxed meals are called “kamben,” and instead of being prepared in-house are ordered from local bento shops. The ingredients are the same as in any other bento in Japan, with meals including grilled salmon, dumplings, eggs, stir-fried veggies, and rice.
What’s even stranger is that this particular kind of meal has a reputation for being bland and unappetizing.
The man, who is unemployed, is being held on suspicion of stealing a wallet containing 8,000 yen from a parked scooter. He confessed to authorities on May 11 at 11:40 a.m., perhaps hoping to be processed in time for lunch. His arrest was not made official until the next day, however.