A furniture store in Qingdao went up in flames just days ahead of its opening after a POS machine self-immolated on May 4. The store owner estimated that the fire would cost her around 170,000 RMB in losses, and the manufacturer of the machine has denied any responsibility.
As soon as the owner, surnamed Li, discovered the office engulfed in flames, she called firefighters for help, Xinmin News reports
After looking over surveillance footage of the store, they quickly confirmed that the blaze was triggered by a POS (point of sale) machine, which had suddenly burst into flames while nobody was in the room.
Li contacted the POS machine’s operator, called ALLINPAY, seeking compensation, but the headquarters told her that the machine was sent out by their branch company.
The branch company failed to give Li an explanation as to why the machine suddenly self-immolated, and merely insisted that the machine didn’t belong to their company. When Li went to their office in person, she was pushed out by several workers.
Li said she’s had no choice but to reach out to reporters for help, although at this point, it looks like the POS situation has left her SOL.
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Edit: The estimated cost of damages had mistakenly been written as 17,000 RMB. The story has been altered to show the actual estimate, 170,000 yuan.
By Lucy Liu