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Restaurant manager gets probation for poisoning employee

When most people do an unsatisfactory job at work, they just get fired. 

But the manager of a restaurant in Japan allegedly decided that he didn't want to deal with the awkwardness of firing somebody, so instead, he attempted to poison one of his employees for being an unsatisfactory worker.

According to Sora News 24, the manager of a Japanese-style pub in Himeji City, Japan, had a part-time employee whom he did not think was working hard enough. The part-timer was reportedly a 20-year-old full-time university student working at the restaurant as a part-time gig. 

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The manager was reportedly not satisfied with the employee’s work ethic, and apparently decided he didn't want to fire the employee or have a talk about his work performance, so he decided to poison the man instead.

The manager reportedly went online and bought some datura seeds, which are extremely poisonous and can cause adverse reactions including amnesia, delirium, and even death. He then mixed the seeds into a rice bowl, and served the toxic dish to his young employee. 

The young man ate the food and reportedly woke up the next day extremely groggy and unable to move. An ambulance took him to the hospital, where it took him a full week to recover from the poisoning.

Meanwhile, the restaurant owner heard that the employee was ill and stopped by the restaurant to ask what had happened-- and that’s when the manager mentioned the seeds. The stunned restaurateur immediately called the police to say that he thought his manager had poisoned one of the part-timers, and the manager was promptly arrested.

The manager was convicted of intentionally poisoning the employee and was sentenced to three years probation.