A Sichuan court today heard a total of 138 lawsuits from one man who’s determined to seek retribution from an elusive “mugger”, as the Global Times gleefully reported, who threw a coffee cup at him three years ago.
Chengdu resident Chen Tao claimed he was clocked by the porcelain mug thrown from a height as he passed the Jinyang Mall in August, 2011. He has suffered from bouts of post-traumatic epilepsy ever since the injury.
Unable to locate his mugger, Chen was left with no “choice” but to sue the 138 business owners in the building for compensation, including those in the shopping mall’s basement.
“We were beneath the earth when the accident occurred, how could we hurt someone with a falling mug?” asked one defendant who owns a small shop two floors underground.
The lawsuits cover 170,000 yuan in medical fees that Chen paid over the past three years for his slight brain damage. He also claims the ordeal affected his marriage plans.