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Christmas Shopping Mall Death Leap After Couple Row Over Shoes

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A man is reported to have leapt to his death in a mall after a furious row with his girlfriend who insisted on continuing a five-hour shopping trip.

Tao Hsiao, 38, is said to have demanded to go home after the spree in the Xuzhou Golden Eagle mall, in Jiangsu province in the east of China, but became enraged when his partner objected.

His 23-year-old girlfriend wanted to visit one more shop to check out a shoe sale when the row erupted on Saturday, Chinese site Hexun reported.

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The man leapt over the side of a balcony in a shopping mall in Xuzhou, Jiangsu province in the east of China

One 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 was filmed on CCTV throwing his bags on the floor and vaulting over the balcony, smashing into Christmas decorations on his way down before hitting the floor seven stories below.

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The man fell seven stories and died instantly

Emergency services were quick to the scene but were too late to rescue the man, who was killed instantly.

Central European News cites a shopping spokesman as saying: "His body was removed fairly quickly. 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.

"This is a tragic incident, but this time of year can be very stressful for many people."