More than a dozen merchants threatened to jump from the top of a five-story mall in Kunming yesterday morning after having their shops forcibly relocated by the mall’s management.
The incident took place at 8:30 a.m., according to one eyewitness named Chen Lin. During the heated confrontation, one upset merchant did fling himself from the roof. Fortunately, he was caught by an inflatable cushion placed on the ground and has since been rushed to the hospital for treatment.
The mall is made up of three parts, each constructed at different times. The newest addition has been getting very few visitors. To fix this problem, the mall has decided to kick some shopkeepers out from the most popular section of the mall and move them into this brand-new ghost area
“We’ve managed to build up customers here for quite a while, so why would we be willing to move to a whole new location and start over again? asked Chen.
Another merchant named Liu Jiang told The Paper, that they had signed a five-year long lease with the mall, which doesn’t expire until the end of the year.
Hopefully, this all ends well.
– Do not leave the person alone
– Remove any sharp objects, alcohol, drugs or firearms that could be used in a suicide attempt
– Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional
– Call the following hotlines for help: Lifeline Shanghai: 021-6279-8990 (English speakers; 10am – 10pm daily); HopeLine: 4001619995 (Chinese speakers; 24/7 toll-free access)
By Lucy Liu
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