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A Guy Was Arrested in Japan For Stealing Dozens Of Old Shoes To Feed His Fetish

The sweatier, the better, apparently.

A man in the greater Tokyo area is on trial for stealing over 70 pairs of shoes – but we’re not talking jacking brand-new Yeezys on the train.

Makoto Endo is currently being tried for some of the thefts, which he reportedly told police he committed because he gets off on sniffing them.

“I did it to get sexual pleasure by sniffing the smell of well-worn shoes, regardless of their owners being men or women,” he said.

Everyone’s got their thing – whether it’s ASMR, BDSM, POV. And hey, if you’re not hurting anyone, go for it. We’re not here for kinkshaming.

But just for the record, getting your kicks from nicking other people’s kicks is just not on.

And while Endo’s approach is refreshingly gender-inclusive, perhaps he’d be better off purchasing used shoes online – there’s no way there isn’t a market for that somewhere on the internet.

Sorry, But "Taste Testing" Grapes In The Supermarket Is Technically Stealing

Pondering the important questions.

Don’t lie: we’ve all done it.

Whether you’re actually planning to buy grapes or not, we’ve all popped one off the bunch to have a taste. It’s like kicking a dropped ice cube under the fridge, or farting and blaming it on the dog: you know it’s not 100% kosher, but it’s a victimless crime, right?

The Simpsons asked us to consider this question way back in season 2: a sanctimonious, pre-Buddhism Lisa gets very worked up over Marge “stealing” grapes in the store, but the cashier is exasperated at having to price check two measly grapes.

It’s two grapes – it’s not like you’re cracking open a bottle of Lite White in the dairy aisle and chugging it before walking out with a milk moustache, right?

On the other hand, it’s… actually kind of exactly like that. You’re eating something you haven’t paid for.

In an attempt to settle this once and for all, GOAT approached the major supermarkets to ask for their taste-testing policies.

Is it technically stealing? How many would be acceptable? Is it fine for grapes, but not so much for berries?

Coles declined to comment, and IGA, Harris Farm Markets and Woolworths did not respond.

A spokesperson for ALDI, however, had bad news for testers.

Our fresh fruit and vegetables are so well priced, they’re already a steal! While our grapes might look too juicy to resist, unfortunately any form of taste testing before purchase is considered theft and not something we allow in store.

Whether the other chains’ silence can be taken as tacit approval of taste-testing or they were just too busy to help us with the greatest moral quandary of the modern era, we may never know.

Maybe the real question isn’t whether it’s wrong – it’s whether eating unwashed fruit that’s been touched by who knows how many other grape-tasters is actually disgusting.

 

(Yes. Yes it is.)

Zac Efron Is A Disturbingly Sexy Ted Bundy In His New Movie, And It's The Latest In A Problematic True-Crime Trend

For some people, not even murder is a turnoff.

The first full trailer for Ted Bundy biopic Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile dropped over the weekend.

Bundy, played here by Zac Efron, murdered at least 30 women and girls, sexually assaulted most of them before and/or after (usually) bludgeoning or strangling them to death, and kept the heads of at least 12 of them in his home as trophies.

But with the generic swaggering retro rock soundtrack, lingering sexy scenes, shots of Efron sprinting comically or brooding handsomely, and BIG SMASHY TAGLINE SCREENS, the trailer comes off more Catch Me If You Can than Monster.

We get it: fun and sexy sells more tickets than dark and depressing. And trailers are a pretty lost art these days – just watching one risks spoiling the entire movie – so there’s absolutely no reason to assume the film has the same jaunty tone.

What’s more, the point of the movie is supposed to be that Bundy’s handsomeness and charm were exactly what allowed him to lure women into situations where they were alone, to insist on his innocence when his girlfriend Liz Koepfler reported him to the police as a suspect (and even after he was convicted), and to maintain adoring fans and correspondents who mourned him after his execution.

The entire design of Efron’s casting is to use the fact that he is extremely handsome against you, the audience. You’re supposed shift uncomfortably as you admire his chiseled features, finding yourself charmed or convinced as he represents himself in America’s first nationally televised criminal trial – you’re supposed to feel confused, conflicted, and repulsed by your feelings about him, like Koepfler must have, even though you know he did it.

Reviews from Sundance Film Festival, where it premiered, say that Efron nails the charm bit, as well as the necessary creepiness. Variety calls his performance “startlingly good: controlled, magnetic, audacious, committed, and eerily right… We see the desperate soul hidden in the psycho hidden in the charlatan hidden in the handsome straight-arrow.”

And while there are flashes of body-dragging in the trailer, there’s reportedly no actual onscreen depiction of any of the murders, in order to keep the audience perspective closer to Koepfler’s anguished uncertainty – which another review says “has the absurd effect of elevating Efron’s winsome Bundy into a protagonist you root for getting away with it all”.

We need to be having conversations about the fact that not all violent men are shark-eyed and scary-looking; that they can be charming, handsome, and kind to some people, and then commit unspeakably horrific violence before coming home to kiss their loved ones goodnight.

This is even more important as we reckon with the ugly stories we don’t want to believe about handsome men we don’t want to see as monstrous.

But so much true crime now, in the process of trying to turn criminals into characters, paints portraits of monsters that are a little too compelling.

And as we’ve learned from the weird fandom that’s grown around Penn Badgley’s handsome, violent obsessive in Netflix’s hit show You, you can show the whole story and people will still tweet about how hot the murderer is

So it feels like there’s almost no way to win when you’re telling the story of someone who was extremely sexy and shockingly evil and vile.

But unlike You, Extremely Wicked isn’t fiction – Ted Bundy’s victims were very real people. And in a way, focusing on his charisma instead of his crimes feels as cheap as any blood-soaked  re-enactments.

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