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やつがある instead of いる?

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I've just read a chapter of Kochikame and there was a scene where Ryo-san scolds a kouhai: 道をききにきたやつまでおどかすやつがあるか!(sic)
Is there any particular reason for やつ being treated as an inanimate object? Also i believe it's not the first time i saw "~があるか" with animate objects, so i presume it might be some sort of a set phrase?
 

Toritoribe

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Yes, it would be a kind of set phrase, I think. There are similar expressions, but the verb いる is used for other words such like ~バカがいるか!or ~マヌケがいるか!.
 

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