A high school ALT found himself in a sticky situation this week, when he bumped into an ex-student working in the hostess bar he was attending.
Simon Poulter was at a shinnenkai new year party with co-workers when the afterparty moved on to Prestige hostess bar in Sakae’s Nishiki district.
“The party had been really fun, and when the head of English said that we should go on to somewhere else I found myself following the crowd. But as soon as we sat down, I recognised Kana, an ex-student from another school that I used to work at.”
Poulter tried to pretend that he hadn’t noticed her, but that plan was thwarted when she was selected to join him at his table.
“I cannot describe just how awkward it was, but I hid my embarrassment and just prayed that she didn’t recognise me. Unfortunately she did.”
As soon as Shiori sat down she squealed at the top of her voice ‘Simon sensei!’, causing Poulter’s co-workers to look at him.
“It was so awful. While the younger teachers thought it was funny, my sempai shook his head in disgust, and he hasn’t spoken to me since. He must think that all of my students turn out this way, but it’s not true,” Poulter said.
“Actually, I never attend places like this, because I hate to see women degraded in this way, and only came at the insistence of the others. To be honest, I always thought that Kana was a bit of a wrong ‘un, but I never thought that she would stoop so low as to prostitute herself like this.”
However, Kana Nagata tells a different story.
“This is by no means the first time that Simon sensei has been here, he’s something of a regular. He is often abusive to the girls and tries to persuade them to go on ‘compensated dates’,” she explained.
“But this is the first time that he was sober enough to recognise me, and when I saw he was with colleagues I thought that I would show him up. Oh, and he may think that I’m prostituting myself, but I make more in one night than he does in a month and I’m putting myself through medical school.”
“At the end of the day,” Poulter added, “I feel quite sorry for her. There’s no future in that line of work, it’s a dead-end job. I’m glad I’m not in that situation.”