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Man commits suicide at Xuzhou, China mall when girlfriend won't stop shopping, report says
A holiday shopping date in Xuzhou, China turned ugly for one couple Dec. 7, according to Chinese news site Hexun.com.
Reports say that Tao Hsiao, 38, was shopping with his girlfriend for five hours at the crowded Golden Eagle International Shopping Center when he decided he'd had enough. But when he tried to get her to leave, Tao's girlfriend demanded they stop in one more shoe store, resulting in a heated argument.
"He told her she already had enough shoes, more shoes than she could wear in a lifetime and it was pointless buying any more," an eyewitness was quoted as saying. "She started shouting at him accusing him of being a [cheapskate] and of spoiling Christmas; it was a really heated argument."
After reviewing the mall's security footage, Chinese authorities reported that Tao, who appeared angry, threw the shopping bags before jumping over the almost 5-foot-high railing. He landed on a cosmetics display seven floors below and died upon impact.
A mall spokesman said that Tao's fall did not injure any shoppers, but crowds gathered around his body until he was rushed away on a gurney by emergency personnel.
"This is a tragic incident, but this time of year can be very stressful for many people," the spokesman told Gawker.
There have not been any reports on the reaction of the girlfriend.