A Chinese man jumped to his death inside a mall in China after getting into an intense argument with his girlfriend who just won't give up shopping even after already on their toes for five hours straight.
REUTERS/Andrew Winning Guests from the 10 Downing Street Christmas party mill around outside after the Christmas tree lights were switched on in central London, December 9, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Winning
Tao Hsiao, 38 years old, as recorded in CCTV footage, was seen accompanying his girlfriend going from one shop to another in a mall in Xuzhou, Jiangsu province, east China.
It was reported the couple had been shopping for five hours straight. Already getting tired, Mr Tao told his girlfriend to already call it a day and that they should already go home.
The girlfriend reportedly pleaded to Mr Tao that they just enter one last shop where she saw a sale sign for shoes.
Losing his temper, eyewitnesses said they heard Mr Tao arguing to his girlfriend that they had already more than enough shopping bags to carry between themselves.
"He told her she already had enough shoes, more shoes that she could wear in a lifetime and it was pointless buying any more," a witness said.
"She started shouting at him accusing him of being a skinflint and of spoiling Christmas, it was a really heated argument."
In a second, the unthinkable happened.
Mr Tao threw the bags on the floor and then jumped over the balcony. Shocked shoppers saw him smash into Christmas decorations as he went down seven stories below before hitting the concrete pavement floor.
Mr Tao was proclaimed dead upon impact from his fall, emergency services who arrived at the scene declared.
"This is a tragic incident, but this time of year can be very stressful for many people," a shopping spokesman said.
"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."