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Jobless man asks police officers to be jailed to get free meals

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A jobless man recently asked the police to jail him again so that he can enjoy free meals, as he has failed to find a job since he was freed three years ago.

The man, 45 and surnamed Wang, had been jailed for over 10 years on charges of committing 12 arson cases, before he was released three years ago. But over the years, he could hardly find work.

Last Friday, Wang went to the Taipei Employment Service Center to try to find a job, but was again rejected.

Early Sunday morning, patrol police found him lying on a street corner in Ximenting, downtown Taipei, and then identified him as an arsonist on the watch list.

Wang told the police that he had starved for three days. "Please jail me again on charge of any crime, so that I can have free meals," Wang begged the police.

The police bought Wang a meal box, and after he finished up the box, was then introduced to a borough leader, who promised Wang a street-cleaning job.

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