He said: You have more shoes than you could wear in a lifetime. It’s pointless buying any more.
She said: You’re a skinflint. You’re spoiling Christmas.
And with that, 38-year-old Tao Hsiao rallied his strength one more time—tossing his heavy packages to the floor, hoisting himself over the railing, and jumping seven stories to his death.
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You may have seen reports of the story, which took place earlier in December in an east China shopping mall.
The un-named girlfriend, in her materialistic quest for more and still more stuff, has lost a man she may have loved. She lost any chance of having a peaceful, joy-filled holiday season. Their last words to one another, shouted in anger, will remain in her heart for life. Chances are, she’s experienced a good measure of guilt.
The holidays don’t always bring out the best in people.