A stampede in a Chongqing Carrefour hypermart has left 3 dead, 24 injured and another 7 seriously injured. The culprit? Cooking oil. As part of its 10th anniversary celebrations, a 5-litre bottle of cooking oil that was originally priced at RMB51.40 was to be sold at only RMB39.90. This news was enough to get Chongqingers to start queueing from as early as 4am in the morning. Sometime around 8.20am when the doors were finally open, a few unfortunate shoppers coming in through the east gate slipped and fell, while the rest of the overzealous crowd continued to rush on, causing the stampede. The Carrefour outlet is now closed for “reorganisation”.
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