A man jumped to his death after a fight with his girlfriend who insisted that they continue their shopping at a mall.
Witnesses say Tao Hsiao, 38, could be heard saying that the couple already had too many bags – more than they can carry – but the girlfriend wanted to go into one more store that had a special offer on shoes.
“He told her she already had enough shoes, more shoes than she could wear in a lifetime and it was pointless in buying more,” one witness said, according to the Daily Mail.
“She started shouting at him accusing him of being a skinflint and of spoiling Christmas, it was a heated argument,” the witness added.
The couple continued to shout at each other until the man dropped the bags on the floor and jumped over the balcony. Hsiao smashed into Christmas decorations on his way down before hitting the floor seven stories below. The shocking incident caused customers in the mall to run away.
Hsiao died from the impact of the fall. According to the Epoch Times, he smashed through a store counter.
“He actually landed on one of the stalls below and then fell to the floor so although the store was damaged it meant he didn’t hit anybody. This is a tragic incident, but this time of year can be stressful for many people,” said one shopping spokesman.
Sources: Daily Mail, Epoch Times