Shrine video of amulet theft taken off YouTube

Published On: Jun 07 2013 01:05:16 PM HST

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A Honolulu Shinto shrine won't change its honor system even after $1,000 worth of spiritual trinkets were taken.
Board Chairman Shinken Naitoh said Friday the shrine will remain open to the public.  Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha-Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu uses an honor system and seeks a minimum donation of $7 for each amulet, or omamori.
Shrine officials posted surveillance footage online of four Japanese tourists stuffing about 150 amulets into bags in February.  The shrine recently received a letter from a Honolulu attorney threatening to sue the shrine on behalf of the people in the footage.  YouTube later removed the video over privacy concerns.
Naitoh says shrine officials are in the process of reporting the names of the people in the video to Honolulu police and the Japanese consulate.


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