Chinese Man Commits Suicide At Mall After Girlfriend Refuses To Stop Shopping

deadDeath by overwhelming and inescapable consumerism? Via Gawker:

A man who was fed up with his girlfriend’s incessant Christmas shopping responded to her request for one more look around a mall shoe store by leaping seven floors to his death.

The 38-year-old, identified as Tao Hsiao, had been shopping with his girlfriend at the Golden Eagle International Shopping Center in Xuzhou, China, when she asked to check out one last shoe store.

Having been inside the mall for five hours, Tao had reached his limit, and reportedly insisted that they leave immediately. “He told her she already had enough shoes, more shoes that she could wear in a lifetime and it was pointless buying any more,” an eyewitness was quoted as saying.

Surveillance footage shows Tao angrily hurling the shopping bags and jumping over the railing onto the cosmetics section below. A spokesman for the shopping center says that the man died instantly upon impact.

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  • Anarchy Pony

    God Bless ‘Merica! wait a minute…

  • mannyfurious

    I love my wife to pieces. I married her because she is literally the best human being I know. But I’ve been there, oh have I been there. I’m naturally suicidal as it is (not from depression, these days, more from laziness) and there have been times when I considered whether or not shopping with her was a fate worse than death. Seriously.

    • Jin The Ninja

      i’ve admitted my love of certain consumer goods on the forums before, but man, could i so easily forgo the shopping “experience.” even though we fastidiously avoid malls, big/medium box stores, and chains (which is a geo-regional/urban luxury i suppose)- it is such a soul destroying experience in general. i will cop to doing a select “boxing day” if only because i do NO pre xmas shopping period, but that one day a year is enough to last me the other 364.

      but i have to admit, neither would i want to cede my thoughts to chinese fatalism- and have my place of death be a clinique counter… perhaps vanity on my part.

    • emperorreagan

      My wife hates shopping almost as much as I do. I feel very fortunate for that.

      • Lookinfor Buford

        me too. but sometimes I get hungry

  • Jeep

    Here is a picture of a body bag on a gurney lets come up with a story and go!

  • Tchoutoye

    Shop ’til you(r boyfriend) drop(s).

    • Rhoid Rager

      nice one

  • InfvoCuernos

    Looks like the Chinese are discovering the joys of consumerism.

  • Gordon Klock

    As stupid & tragic as his actions were, I think that there are many of us that can sympathize completely.
    (weird how “shopping” turns some people into intolerable, minutiae-obsessed, babbling, hypo-zombies…)

  • The Well Dressed Man
  • tomasiepants

    How hot was the girlfriend?

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