A Wenzhou court has ordered that a local hot pot restaurant pay a woman 237,000 yuan in compensation after an incident last year in which a waiter poured scalding hot water all over her body following a dispute, resulting in severe burns to 42% of her body.
The shocking incident occurred last August. The woman surnamed Lin was dining out at the hot pot restaurant in Wenzhou, Zhejiang with her family, including her mother and her 7-year-old daughter. During the dinner, Lin got into a heated argument with the waiter, surnamed Zhu, about the amount of water in the hot pot.
Following the disagreement, Lin took to social media to blog about the restaurant’s poor service. Zhu angrily demanded that Lin delete her post. She refused. In response, Zhu went to the kitchen and returned with a bowl of steaming hot soup. He proceeded to pour the boiling liquid all over Lin’s head before pulling her to the ground and furiously beating her.
You can watch the situation escalate in the video below:
Back in January, a Lucheng district court sentenced Zhu to 22 months in prison for his actions. The court said it showed leniency because he was only 17 years old at the time of the incident.
Then, on October 24th, a court began hearing Lin’s case against the hot pot restaurant itself. The woman was asking for 577,500 yuan in compensation for the severe injuries she had suffered that night.
Yesterday, the court returned with a decision, awarding Lin just 237,000 yuan in compensation, reducing the amount because the restaurant had already paid for Lin’s medical treatment, Sina News reports.
[Video via CCTV News]