A man in China has committed suicide to escape his girlfriend’s demands that he continue shopping. Rather than giving in to his girlfriend’s insistence that he keep accompanying her while she shopped at the mall, Chinese citizen Tao Hasiao plunged to his death by jumping over the balcony and landing on the floor below.
The girlfriend had been forcing him to continue shopping after spending the better part of the day trudging in and out of clothing stores. At the fifth hour, Hasiao demanded that he be allowed to return home. An eyewitness to the scene said that the couple had been arguing bitterly over the girlfriend’s shopping habits just before Hasiao, 38, met his untimely demise.
“He told her she already had enough shoes, more shoes that she could wear in a lifetime and it was pointless buying any more,” said the witness at the scene. “She started shouting at him accusing him of being a skinflint and of spoiling Christmas, it was a really heated argument.”
Eyewitnesses to the scene and mall spokespeople say that Hasiao threw himself down seven stories and crash landed on the mall’s atrium with an impact that was immediately fatal. They say he had grown so disgusted with his girlfriend’s shopping demands that he forcefully threw all of the shopping bags onto the floor and committed suicide by leaping off the mall balcony. Security cameras confirmed the eyewitness accounts as the entire incident was caught on video.
Hasiao’s girlfriend had been insisting that she buy an additional pair of shoes because the store was running a sale on the shoes for the Christmas season. The girlfriend began screaming at him, calling him names and berating him in a fit of rage just before he jumped off the balcony to escape her shopping demands.
It is reported that China has one of the highest rates of suicide in the world. According to the Beijing Suicide Research and Prevention Center, the vast majority of suicides in China are caused by depression and/or stress. In this case, it seems that stress may have come into play in Hasiao’s decision to end his life.
An important and interesting distinction between suicide in China and suicide elsewhere in the world, say experts, is that Chinese people who make this decision do so not mostly because of ongoing, serious or pre-existing mental issues. Instead, suicide in China is often caused by the victim’s desire to escape an immediate stressful problem and is not always correlated with any pre-existing condition such as clinical depression. It is estimated that about 280,000 people commit suicide in China every year.
Now, a man in China has fallen victim to suicide by jumping off a mall balcony to escape his girlfriend’s shopping demands. While his decision may seem rash, even bizarre to those in the western world, it is actually not such an unusual action in China, according to experts. In this case, finding a permanent solution to a temporary problem can never be changed and Hasiao’s family will surely mourn this life lost far too soon.
By: Rebecca Savastio