Japanese grocery store slams tourists for littering, being rude to staff, making a mess: ‘We are very troubled by these actions’

A Japanese store has slammed foreign tourists for being rude to staff, littering, and poor public etiquette.

Terrence, from California, recently came across a large sign in Tokyo that berated tourists for having ‘bad manners’ and ‘violating’ the rules of the convenience store.

The list was blown up and posted next to the store’s entrance.

Staff often found it difficult to clean up after large groups of tourists wandered through the store because they would pick up items and put them back on the wrong shelves and open items before paying for them.

Tourists would also become aggressive and agitated when staff didn’t speak English and couldn’t understand their requests.

A Japanese store has slammed tourists for being rude to staff, littering, and poor etiquette

A photo of the sign was posted on a popular group. 

It read: ‘Requests for foreign customers, we are very troubled by the many violations of manners by foreigners. These are bad manners.

‘[Do not] place the item in your hand in a different location or in a different orientation.

‘[Do not] open the package before purchasing the goods or bring food and beverages into the store. [Do not] throw garbage inside the store or in the hallways.’

The note also included information about what tourists could do to bridge the language barrier. 

‘Most of the staff can’t speak English, please prepare an image of what you are looking for or make an effort to speak Japanese,’ it advised.

The store also banned customers from returning items that were not broken.

Thousands commended the store for setting clear boundaries and complained about how uncivilised certain tourists can be.

‘Sadly, many foreigners don’t respect the Japanese culture or lifestyle,’ one said. ‘I wish all stores had a code of conduct to protect staff from abusive customers.’

‘What they’re asking for is just common courtesy – which many sorely lack,’ another wrote.

‘These requests for visitors are sensible and can be applied to not only Japan, but also to other Asian countries like Thailand, Korea, Taiwan where most local people can’t speak English well,’ a woman wrote.

But others claimed staff should ‘make more of an effort’ to be well-versed in foreign expectations.

‘I think there is no shame in not knowing English, but everyone should at least try to learn it,’ a man said.

‘Why can’t I bring a coffee into a supermarket?’ another asked.

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