There is a saying in China: 红颜祸水, hóngyán huòshuǐ, which describes the downfall of dynasties and emperors to beautiful women. And it seems a man in Xuzhou has fallen victim to the spell of such a femme fatale; his mistake was not that he loved a woman too much but that the woman had spending habits that were just too extravagant.
On afternoon of December 7, the Xuzhou man jumped from the 7th floor of a shopping center. And it appears that it was all because he was fed up with his girlfriend’s shopping and, he simply could not satiate her shopping needs. The Daily Mail reports:
“An eyewitness said: ‘He told her she already had enough shoes, more shoes that she could wear in a lifetime and it was pointless buying any more.
‘She started shouting at him accusing him of being a skinflint and of spoiling Christmas, it was a really heated argument.’
The shouting match ended when the man chucked the bags on the floor and jumped over the balcony, smashing into Christmas decorations on his way down before hitting the floor seven stories below causing shocked shoppers to flee in panic.”
The man died immediately. Local news reports that the man seems to have hit the display cases, and the place where he fell from had a 1.5-meter-tall fence to prevent customers from accidentally falling. This means that he deliberately climbed over the 1.5-meter fence in front of his girlfriend during the argument. Was he trying to escape from her incessant arguments for purchasing, or was he trying to prove a point? His girlfriend has not issued a statement. Whether she felt shock, regret, annoyance, or penitence, only she knows.