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Woman arrested for using knife on train

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A 60-year-old woman was arrested yesterday for allegedly waving a fruit knife in a train. It turned out to be false alarm.

The woman was commuting to Taipei for work and used her knife to cut fruit when the train passed Taoyuan. She reportedly washed her knife in a restroom on the train. However, her swinging the knife in order to get rid of excess water startled someone who then reported the incident to the police.

The police arrived at the scene when the train stopped at the Yingge station and found the woman who then produced the 17-centimer long sheathed knife from her bag.

Despite the false alarm, the woman was escorted off the train in the next station at Shanjia where the media was waiting, together with police officers from several precincts. The woman was very distressed by all the fuss, and seemed unable to grasp the fact that she was “arrested for eating fruits.”

The woman then made a phone call to her workplace and reported that she would not be able to come in. She claims she is likely to lose her job if her boss finds out what happened. Facing the police's attentive inquiry, the woman was embarrassed, and said she will no longer wave knives in trains.

June 13, 2014    curtisakbar@
This woman is either incredibly stupid or insensitive. Brandishing a knife any where in public is likely to get you into trouble, especially after the MRT incident.

I can't believe students in Taiwan bring box cutter knives to school as part of their stationery! Taiwan needs to clamp down on the relaxed relationship it has with knives otherwise it will soon have similar problems like Mainland China.
June 13, 2014    Boogurtwang@
"... the woman was escorted off the train in the next station at Shanjia where the media was waiting, together with police officers from several precincts."

And do tell us...just HOW did the media know to be waiting there?
June 16, 2014    kurotako@
Taiwan has become so frighteningly stupid, over reacting to an old lady with a fruit knife. Due to one unfortunate incident by a raised spoiled child. Now everyone is considered dangerous on the MRT. Even an old woman. Good thing the police brought in lots of backup at the next stop. What "Heroes "they are! (SARCASM) Good thing they did not shoot her.
And what shame, for the media to sensationalize it! "17cm knife" , did that include the handle. Not very specific reporting. Hacks!

Headline, "Grandmother turn slasher on MRT" !

What next, chopsticks?
June 16, 2014    lord_owerflow@
curtisakbar@ wrote:
This woman is either incredibly stupid or insensitive. Brandishing a knife any where in public is likely to get you into trouble, especially after the MRT incident.

I can't believe students in Taiwan bring box cutter knives to school as part of their stationery! Taiwan needs to clamp down on the relaxed relationship it has with knives otherwise it will soon have similar problems like Mainland China.
As eating is allowed by TRA, that allows also utensils.
Peeling an apple with a 17cm knife seems bit excessive but OK, the person who reported was totally over-reacting.

And bringing box cutters to schools, what is the intended purpose of a box cutter? It is to cut sheets of paper etc., not harm other human beings. Therefore there's absolutely no reason to start banning such things in the schools.

Knives are not firearms and thus not possible to ban or limit the usage, if we want to compare to some other countries...
June 16, 2014    kurotako@
curtisakbar@ wrote:
This woman is either incredibly stupid or insensitive. Brandishing a knife any where in public is likely to get you into trouble, especially after the MRT incident.

I can't believe students in Taiwan bring box cutter knives to school as part of their stationery! Taiwan needs to clamp down on the relaxed relationship it has with knives otherwise it will soon have similar problems like Mainland China.
The word "brandishing" is subjective. Perhaps she was just cleaning her pairing knife and putting it away. Only one person saw her and reported it to police as a threat to all MRT riders. Perhaps the MRT entrances will be turned into an airport style security. Just imagine having to wait hours just to board. Better to walk and have a chance of being run over by a scooter. Nice progress when you become afraid of everything in life.
June 21, 2014    curtisakbar@
'And bringing box cutters to schools, what is the intended purpose of a box cutter? It is to cut sheets of paper etc., not harm other human beings.'

With logic like that the fruit knives the killer used should be allowed on the MRT, as they are used for cutting fruit., not harming other human beings.

A knife is a knife, it is a deadly weapon in the wrong hands and do we really need to wait until some kid slits the throat of a classmate before we act? Yes, having access to knives during an art or design technology class is fine. The teacher should have a set that is handed out and collected back during class. Children don't need to have these weapons all day, sooner or later something bad will happen.

'Knives are not firearms and thus not possible to ban or limit the usage, if we want to compare to some other countries'

Actually many countries ban the use of knives in public and limit the size of the blade you can purchase, carry on your person and there are age limits as well. The two people defending the use of large knives on a train, clearly have a relaxed attitude towards knives. A knife is just as deadly as a gun, the difference is, to kill with a knife you need to be up close and personal.
July 11, 2014    kurotako@
curtisakbar@ wrote:
This woman is either incredibly stupid or insensitive. Brandishing a knife any where in public is likely to get you into trouble, especially after the MRT incident.

I can't believe students in Taiwan bring box cutter knives to school as part of their stationery! Taiwan needs to clamp down on the relaxed relationship it has with knives otherwise it will soon have similar problems like Mainland China.
Should we outlaw pens, pencils, scissors angled protractors also? All these things can be used as deadly weapons. These things do not kill people. People kill people. Best to lock yourself in home. : )
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