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Chinese man fed up with his girlfriend’s shopping jumps to his death


FILE - This Nov. 29, 2013 file photo shows shoppers in Brea Mall during Black Friday shopping in Brea, Calif. For President Barack Obama’s entire presidency, pocketbook worries have been the dominant issue with Americans. But an uptick in growth and a downtick in unemployment give the president a stronger story line going into the 2014 congressional election year and provide Democrats with a counterpoint to Republican attacks on Obama’s health care law. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

A Chinese man jumped seven stories to his death after an all-day shopping mall trip with his girlfriend, who insisted they visit one last sale.

After five hours of shopping at a large Pengcheng Square mall in Xuzhou in the Jiangsu region of China, Tao Hsiao, 38, demanded he and his girlfriend head home, the Daily Mail reported.

Eyewitnesses said they heard the girlfriend insisting they go to a shoe store that had a sale, which led to a fight between the couple, CCTV reported.

“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 told CCTV. “She started shouting at him accusing him of being a skinflint and of spoiling Christmas, it was a really heated argument.”

That’s when Tao threw their shopping bags to the floor and jumped over the seventh floor balcony, smashing into Christmas decorations on his way down, the Daily Mail reported. He was killed immediately.

No one else was injured, a spokesman for the shopping center said.

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