Last week, Changning District police arrested a taxi driver for using a counterfeit license after taking one look at his fake ID photo and knowing that something didn’t quite add up. This might be because the man in the photo was later revealed to be Satoshi Ohno, lead singer of chart-topping Japanese boyband, Arashi.
The driver admitted that he had purchased the fake taxi license online for a mere 10,000 yuan. It remains unclear why he then decided to use the heartthrob as his photo. However, the driver did explain that since he always worked late at night, he didn’t think that passengers would be able to tell the difference between him and the double platinum-selling J-pop star.
Arashi originally formed in 1999 and have since sold more than 30 million records worldwide, making them the second-best selling boyband in Asia. Aside from topping the charts for almost 30 years, Ohno has also worked in television, cinema and even made GQ Japan’s Men of the Year list in 2011. Not bad for a humble taxi driver.
Btw, the ID photo appears to have come from the group’s 2014 single “Guts.”
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen fraudsters get a little too creative with their identification. How about the Henan local who tried to land free entrance to a wildlife park by attempting to pass himself off as a UN peacekeeper or the motorcyclist who after being pulled over by police flashed his fake CIA badge?
Still, at least this taxi driver didn’t try to pass himself off as Justin Bieber.
By Sebastian Morgan
[Images via Toutiao]
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