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Man Leaps To Death After Girlfriend Refuses To Stop Shopping

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Whether an unintended consequence of the push for over-consumption of the Chinese consumer or simply a man hitting his breaking point (as many Americans - we are sure - have considered in the last few weeks), 38-year-old Tao Hsiao lept to his death from a 7th story walkway in a Jiangsu mall after his girlfriend would not stop Christmas shopping. The 5-hour marathon 'consumption' ended badly after Tao's girlfriend said he was "spoiling Christmas," when he chided her that she "already had enough shoes...it was pointless buying more." He died on impact, and no one else was injured. It is unknown if his girlfriend continued shopping...

 

Via Shanghaiist.com,

When his girlfriend insisted on prolonging their Christmas shopping marathon, 38-year-old Tao Hsiao leapt from a seventh-story walkway and killed himself in a Jiangsu shopping mall.

Tao and his girlfriend (whose name has not been released) had reportedly been in the Golden Eagle International Shopping Center, in Xuzhou, for some five hours before a rather routine relationship scuffle escalated drastically out of proportion.

Tao told his girlfriend that "she already had enough shoes, more shoes that she could wear in a lifetime and it was pointless buying any more," according to a witness. Tao was then accused of "spoiling Christmas," and the shouting match likely would have continued had Tao not chosen that moment to hurl himself over the seventh-story balcony.

Tao fell through elaborate christmas decorations and crashed into a shopping stall on the mall's ground level, injuring no one but himself in the process. He died on impact.

 

It brings a whole new meaning to the term "shop til you drop"...but Tao's last words do ring horribly true in this age of over-consumption

 


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Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:08 | Link to Comment Honey Badger
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shop 'til you drop

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:09 | Link to Comment Indian_Goldsmith
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LOL, China is fast becoming a basket case of Capitalism on Steroids

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:13 | Link to Comment What you talkin...
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Like I say.

 

Work work work, so you can shop shop shop, we are going to do it tell we all fuckign drop, this dude just got a head start.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:16 | Link to Comment hedgeless_horseman
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Man Leaps To Death After Girlfriend Refuses To Stop Shopping

As the husband of a horse woman, I can empathize with him.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:17 | Link to Comment Stackers
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I've actually come close to jumping myself after being drug around a crowd filled mall for hours

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:19 | Link to Comment ParkAveFlasher
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Do these people even know who Christ is?  Not that I'm knocking on doors evangelizing, but what are they celebrating again?

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:24 | Link to Comment DaveyJones
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I tried the same thing but on the way down, my wife bought matching air bags

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:30 | Link to Comment Deo vindice
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Trying to look at this from a more compassionate, personal note: I think this guy obviously had other issues in his life going on than a girlfriend on a an uncontrolled shopping spree.

It's sad no matter which angle one considers the story.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:41 | Link to Comment He_Who Carried ...
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Really, I think he died

for a worthy cause.

The girl - on the other hand - must be glad

she can go on shopping unopposed now.

Good for her! He was such a bore to shop with anyway, I am quite convinced...

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:41 | Link to Comment ParkAveFlasher
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No Wan Shoo?  Yu Go Wei!

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 13:48 | Link to Comment Harlequin001
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Ditch the bitch.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 14:24 | Link to Comment Keyser
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Ditch her hell, I would have thrown her off the balcony before throwing myself off. 

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 14:42 | Link to Comment kralizec
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Not worth dying for or going to jail/executed for murder...Harlequin001 had it right...should have just kicked her ass out!

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 22:18 | Link to Comment mjcOH1
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"Really, I think he died
for a worthy cause.
The girl - on the other hand - must be glad
she can go on shopping unopposed now."

This calls for funeral shoes!

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 14:23 | Link to Comment Manthong
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..the story is a couple of weeks old, but a good one.

I can empathize.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 14:42 | Link to Comment Imminent Crucible
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What a waste of good judgment. A man that sensible ought to have simply disappeared, and opened a Chinese restaurant in Zihuatanejo.  Kind of like the end of The Shawshank Redemption.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 17:36 | Link to Comment Emergency Ward
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"Run up his fucking credit card while the body is still warm!"

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 18:52 | Link to Comment toady
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Don't put in a time of death until the cards are maxed!

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:36 | Link to Comment Skateboarder
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It's the sadddest at 90 degrees perpendicular to the ground.

All I can hope, for his sake and ours, is that wherever he is now, he is not subject to more shopping.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:47 | Link to Comment booboo
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If you think that's bad the suicide bombers are wandering around cloud malls with 72 virgins shopping. Hell indeed.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:29 | Link to Comment krispkritter
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Most women already come with matching air bags???

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:38 | Link to Comment _ConanTheLibert...
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Yeah but in China the equipment is usually small.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 13:58 | Link to Comment dogbreath
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I disagree.   I call chinese women "orange tree"  I am amazed at such large fruit hanging from such a slim branch.   

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:41 | Link to Comment max2205
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6 for technical and 10 for style

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 15:01 | Link to Comment G.O.O.D
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holyshit maxxx that was toooo funny! you guys kill me.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:25 | Link to Comment dick cheneys ghost
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it does not matter...........there is lots of debt(credit) to be handed out in china

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:32 | Link to Comment PT
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Okay, okay, I'll repeat what I said before on the matter:

Shop till you drop!

Shop till your bf drops!

Good.  Now I have a precedent to refer my gf to:  "I feel like I need some air ..."

Oh, that won't hurt the economy.  Men never buy anything anyway ...

And now:

She's pissed that she has to buy one less present. 

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:33 | Link to Comment HoofHearted
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Can she collect on his life insurance policy...so she can go buy some more shoes?

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 13:22 | Link to Comment max2205
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Who bought the dip?

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:26 | Link to Comment Bryan
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You still think Christ has anything to do with the holiday called "Chistmas" any more?

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:30 | Link to Comment Deo vindice
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Christ has never had anything to do with the holiday called "Christmas".

Its roots are in Babylonian paganism, and simply got 'christianized' by the church of Rome.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 13:45 | Link to Comment Herd Redirectio...
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Christmas marks the start of the new solar year.

Whats the shortest day of the year (in terms of daylight)?  December 21/22.  It actually is equally short on the 23 and 24th as well, and thus, AFTER THREE DAYS, on the 25th, hours of daylight starts increasing again, every day, until June 21.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 14:11 | Link to Comment scrappy
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You are correct.

I believe Christ was born in the fall.

http://www.examiner.com/article/when-was-jesus-christ-really-born

Happy Sun worshiping all!

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 14:16 | Link to Comment LetsGetPhysical
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WRONG. Christmas was adopted from Yuletide (Yule meaning wheel or the turning of the season), a Germanic pagan winter/solstice celebration. Santa Clause is a representation of Odin(Woden), the leader of the Wild Hunt. 

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:33 | Link to Comment ParkAveFlasher
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No, but, at least there exists some tieback to actual historical events (of course interwoven with the various seasonal and/or pagan festivities).  Are they even making up a traditional Chinese tie in, or are they just posting up red decorations and telling every one, "be happy double lucky buy buy buy golden piglet feast"?

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 13:17 | Link to Comment mumcard
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Saint Nickoraus was Chinese!

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 16:53 | Link to Comment Parrotile
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Possibly relevant supporting information - the origins of Christmas certainly pre-date the origins of Christianity - http://www.essortment.com/christmas-pagan-origins-42543.html

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 15:50 | Link to Comment garypaul
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Who actually celebrates Christ when they shop?? Fuck off with your religious bullshit ParkAveFlasher

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 15:54 | Link to Comment ParkAveFlasher
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That's festive, too.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:25 | Link to Comment FrankDrakman
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You shouldn't be doing drugs, then.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:56 | Link to Comment SolarSystem1932
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No matter how drugged you are,

do not jump yourself in public.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 14:29 | Link to Comment Crash Overide
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There is more to life then working to consume.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:21 | Link to Comment Ralph Spoilsport
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A real horse woman wouldn't be caught dead in those kinds of shoes. On the shopping in general, you're spot on.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:22 | Link to Comment Kirk2NCC1701
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That's a lot of horse manure (that somebody's gotta deal with).

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:46 | Link to Comment petolo
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Horse manure in the blood.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 13:32 | Link to Comment Agent P
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I've been there.  Fortunately for me, I don't live in a big city, so all of the malls around here are only one story. 

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:16 | Link to Comment farragut
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Waiting for the GF's selfie on Twitter: "OMG, my stoopid BF just ruined Xmas!"   >:-(

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:23 | Link to Comment mumcard
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"...but I got a GREAT DEAL on these shooz!"

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:42 | Link to Comment max2205
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Wi tu por

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:24 | Link to Comment Cognitive Dissonance
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Consumerism is just another form of narcissism.

<A rather expensive form at that.>

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:29 | Link to Comment MsCreant
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Summed that up nicely sir.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 14:22 | Link to Comment Tortfeasor
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Bitches be shoppin!

(MsCreant and Miffed excluded)

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:32 | Link to Comment DaveyJones
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how does the narcissistic masochist deny themself?

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 13:32 | Link to Comment TheFourthStooge-ing
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.

how does the narcissistic masochist deny themself?

By returning all purchases the next day.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 14:04 | Link to Comment viahj
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no, that would be the bulemic narcissist

the masochist narcissist would only take a maxed out credit card to shop with

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 16:56 | Link to Comment DaveyJones
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nice

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 14:07 | Link to Comment tenpanhandle
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by flogging someone else.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:27 | Link to Comment Kirk2NCC1701
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He should've taken her with him. --> Shop till we drop.

And in so doing, made her his BFF (Broken Flat Friend).

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:32 | Link to Comment yrad
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This man did what all men have considered doing at one time or another. The fact this all manifested over shoes, of all things, makes even more sense. This guy was all balls..

 

His name was Tao Hsiao.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:37 | Link to Comment Deo vindice
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Well I can't speak for "all men", but for myself, I can truly say that I have never thought of jumping off a tall building over my wife's shopping habits.

(Of course, it helped that as a young man, I married a common sense girl who did not think happiness was measured by materialistic enterprises).

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:38 | Link to Comment yrad
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That's like finding a unicorn with a lisp.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 14:09 | Link to Comment tenpanhandle
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+1 but I'm not sure why.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 14:32 | Link to Comment AmericasCicero
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His name was Tao Hsiao

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 16:29 | Link to Comment reTARD
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It is true that for the most part the world has not functioned under the concept of rare or limited resources for a very long time and hence the "on Steroids."

Paper ("fiat") has provided the perfect illusion of infinte resources. Most people especially in cities don't even know where their water and power comes from. They tend to assume that in today's modern world there should be many services provided by their society.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:27 | Link to Comment Canadian Dirtlump
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I can only offer 2 comments:

 

1) the imbalance of men versus women in china probably gives newly liberated next generation young women an inordinate amount of leverage in relationships. That being the case, expect more renditions of "it's raining men."

 

2) some years ago I was in a ground floor store in Eaton's Centre in Calgary. unbeknownst to me, 4 floors up some miscreants were fucking around and had put a guy's backpack out on a ledge. When he went to get it he fell. He landed about 10 feet from me and the folks I was with and I can tell you between the sight, sound, the shockwave you felt and "pile of guy" factor, seeing that should not be on anyone's bucket list, unless they have some sort of crossed wiring in their brains.

 

HAppy fukkin holidays. p.s. the shitter's full

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 13:05 | Link to Comment Hulk
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I almost made it to canada one time, but the gas money gave out in Gurnee !!!

one of the best movies eva !!!

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:37 | Link to Comment Jumbotron
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Should have pushed the girl.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:57 | Link to Comment thunderchief
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Chinese women are very aggressive. Men in China often do the house work, cooking included, and domestic violence is on them and not the women. Mao did do a lot for women's rights.
If you've got yellow fever, I would go Thai, Filipino, Korean And Japanese in that order. The Chinese girls, especially the mainlanders, will just beat the shit out of you.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 14:25 | Link to Comment ParkAveFlasher
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Wait, you're talking about American women, right? 

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 13:25 | Link to Comment Wen_Dat
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Who's Raquel Welch? Oh yeah, she was in that Shawshank Redemption movie.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:08 | Link to Comment 1000yrdstare
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Maybe we could set his ex up with some bankers?,...

 

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:09 | Link to Comment Non Passaran
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Central Bank Employees Leap to Death After Nation Refuses To Start Shopping

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:13 | Link to Comment krispkritter
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We, as a planet, should be so lucky...

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:20 | Link to Comment What you talkin...
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It aint gonna happen, 7 billion little bitches out there most programmed to work work work so they can shop shop shop, and unless you weren't conditioned right, you will never fucking stop.

Wed, 12/18/2013 - 03:04 | Link to Comment Kobe Beef
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um, isn't it nag nag nag you to work work work  so they can shop shop shop?

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:12 | Link to Comment falak pema
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that's carrying the Xmas spirit of turning the other cheek very far! 

No, no, no...as the man said : the commies only believe in dialectical materialism.

Ok! Now I get it !

Some dialectics! 

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:10 | Link to Comment krispkritter
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 'Tis the Season to be Jolly... (Black Friday Zombies) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5phphiV7kzM

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:13 | Link to Comment U4 eee aaa
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Do you think she bought a sympathy card?

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:15 | Link to Comment Cursive
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@U4

The really 2010's kinda of thing to do would be to start a non-profit charity, bother the fuck out of everyone because of or your loved one had some special problem and get NFL football teams to wear your charity's special color a la Susan G. Komen.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 22:11 | Link to Comment mjcOH1
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"Do you think she bought a sympathy card?"

Maybe sympathy shoes.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:17 | Link to Comment mumcard
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Only if she had coupons.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:11 | Link to Comment Cursive
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He's definitely in a better place.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:13 | Link to Comment giggler321
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Someone's gonna have a serious gilt trip there

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:16 | Link to Comment mumcard
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If he wanted to hurt her he should have taken the shoes along for the ride.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 13:31 | Link to Comment WillyGroper
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A hacksaw taken to at least one heel per pair would have been more effective.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:18 | Link to Comment Al Huxley
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I am 100% sure she will be able to rationalize why this wasn't her fault.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:18 | Link to Comment mumcard
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If he wold have just relaxed and opened his wallet and his heart to the spirit of zombie Christmas...

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 13:17 | Link to Comment WillyGroper
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Did she physically push him? 

If not he chose to be with her.

Dumb ass should have pushed her instead. 

I guess that is her fault too.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:14 | Link to Comment Dr. Engali
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Review the video tapes. Did he jump or was he pushed for being a tight ass? One thing I've found out is you don't fuck with a girl's shoes, or purses for that matter.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 14:49 | Link to Comment StychoKiller
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[quote] One thing I've found out is you don't fuck with a girl's shoes, or purses for that matter. [/quote]

Unless you're into that sort of thing (not that there's anywhting wrong with that!)

Follow your bliss!

 

Wed, 12/18/2013 - 03:12 | Link to Comment Kobe Beef
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Au contraire. Want a woman to leave? Pick up her purse and chuck it outside. She will go for it. Bolt doors and windows and congratulate yourself on not being a victim of a domestic violence charge.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:13 | Link to Comment blabam
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It's beginning to look alot like Christmas.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:27 | Link to Comment Kirk2NCC1701
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He died of 'Consumption'.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 13:18 | Link to Comment WillyGroper
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That's good! LOL

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:15 | Link to Comment mumcard
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Friend's wife comes how with her SUV packed full of Chinese crap singing "but I saved us so much money!" 

Tao Hsiao weighed his options, argue with his zombie cow or pull the pin and see what comes next.  Good for you sir, good for you.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:16 | Link to Comment Cursive
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@mumcard

Bitch wouldn't undertand anchor pricing if it landed on her foot.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:16 | Link to Comment praps
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Hope she has some suitable shoes for the funeral.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:17 | Link to Comment Al Huxley
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Like I said before, I sympathize with the guy, I've had the same feeling.  Still, seems he could have just split with her.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:27 | Link to Comment MsCreant
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Throw her over, so to speak, heh, heh, heh...

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:17 | Link to Comment SAT 800
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They never have enough shoes, he wasn't properly prepared to be a boy-friend.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:15 | Link to Comment earnulf
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I'm sure that any man who has been asked to accompany his SO into the madness that is a weekend at a shopping mall around Christmas understands perfectly the need which drove this poor guy to end it.

Stop the Shopping, I want to get off!

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:16 | Link to Comment Ralph Spoilsport
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The girlfriend will probably get a bill for the cleanup and breakage. Melly Clistmas!

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 16:25 | Link to Comment kodachrome
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Please realize that it's the L that the asians have a difficulty pronouncing, not the R.

You remind me of people screaming bear trap when they mean bull trap.

 

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:34 | Link to Comment Ignatius
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If we all had any real courage we'd all follow the Tao.

 

Edit:  My down-voter has likely been blessed with never having dated a girl with a shoe habit.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:43 | Link to Comment petolo
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Paraphrasing George Carlin: BuyThe only value Amorikans have is buying things. 

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:18 | Link to Comment Foul Harold
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Sale, sale, sale!  Come on down to Spatula City! Prices are though the floor!

 

http://tinyurl.com/24tcup

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:22 | Link to Comment macambaman
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The GF must be shopping for shoes for the funeral.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:22 | Link to Comment Downtoolong
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I’m sure his wife will become very sad about this if she ever stops shopping, or notices he had the credit card in his pocket.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:25 | Link to Comment walküre
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Now it truly has become a ghost mall.

Not hitting anyone in the fall shows talent. He's done this before.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:24 | Link to Comment MsCreant
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It's raining men, halelujah! 

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:25 | Link to Comment mumcard
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For some reason I didn't expect Chinese culture to be broken as quickly as America's.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:25 | Link to Comment replaceme
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It is unknown if his girlfriend continued shopping...

I'm sure she stopped briefly, at least.  Then all the black clothes she must have needed, she'd HAVE to get shopping again for that.  And pillows. In his memory...

Although to be fair, that can't have been the only reason he made that decision.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:26 | Link to Comment ptoemmes
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Perhaps a bit ironic that his first name is Tao.

Now, I am NOT a disciple of Taoism though I have tried to struggle through the Tao - or Dao -Te Ching more than a few times.

There are a few references to the Tao and suicide (life, death, etc) and consumerism.

Pesonally, I might have thrown the girlfriend over the edge.

 

1

The tao that can be told
is not the eternal Tao
The name that can be named
is not the eternal Name.

The unnamable is the eternally real.
Naming is the origin
of all particular things.

Free from desire, you realize the mystery.
Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations.

Yet mystery and manifestations
arise from the same source.
This source is called darkness.

Darkness within darkness.
The gateway to all understanding.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:29 | Link to Comment Ignatius
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I'm wondering if being named "Tao" in China is anything like being name "Jesus" (hey-zoos) in the West?

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 13:34 | Link to Comment ThirdWorldDude
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76

 

"A man is born gentle and weak.
At his death he is hard and stiff.
Green plants are tender and filled with sap.
At their death they are withered and dry.

Therefore the stiff and unbending is the disciple of death.
The gentle and yielding is the disciple of life.

Thus an army without flexibility never wins a battle.
A tree that is unbending is easily broken.

The hard and strong will fall.
The soft and weak will overcome."

 

 

You should read Tao Te Ching, perhaps then you would adopt wu-wei as your inner philisophy and wouldn't want to kill your girlfriend (or yourself) because of her shopping habits.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:25 | Link to Comment alien-IQ
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I don't "want" to laugh...but goddamn...that's some funny shit.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:28 | Link to Comment 1stepcloser
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Long term solution for a short term problem...

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:36 | Link to Comment MsCreant
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Dunno. I can see why it looks like there is No. Way. Out.

Consumerism is a long term problem that will only be solved by supply shortages. Then and only then, will the values change. We will continue to gobble up the planet beyond the 11th hour, I am afraid. Some of the bacteria in the petri dish go a little mad in the run up I suspect.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:53 | Link to Comment 1stepcloser
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Don't worry the value adjustment is coming real soon.  Clean water and Food will become the new consumerism must have items.  

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 13:11 | Link to Comment forwardho
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The petri dish is a great illustration.

Our growth in our petri-dish will end like any other closed system.

 

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:34 | Link to Comment Stroke
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Fuckin' Women...Ya can't live with 'em & ya can't shoot 'em

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:38 | Link to Comment NuYawkFrankie
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How's about:

Ya can't live with 'em.... and ya can't live with 'em

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:44 | Link to Comment PT
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If we didn't root 'em we'd shoot 'em.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:45 | Link to Comment Ignatius
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My favorite "Bundyism".

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:47 | Link to Comment NuYawkFrankie
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Yeah - Al was a hero of mine ;)

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 14:13 | Link to Comment FrankDrakman
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I prefer Tom Arnold's line from "True Lies" - "Women - can't live with 'em, can't kill 'em".

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 14:39 | Link to Comment MeelionDollerBogus
Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:44 | Link to Comment mumcard
Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:35 | Link to Comment overmedicatedun...
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why he did not push her  off the 7th floor, that is the question. we will never know. He just died for his anti- shoppingism, a fatal economic condition. and krugman and larry just wish we had  millions like this lady here.,...

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:44 | Link to Comment PT
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But then he'd get done for murder, and even if the whole jury sympathised with his motive, the men outnumber the women over there, what do you think the verdict would be?

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 13:03 | Link to Comment mumcard
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And unlike America, they convict and then execute rapidly.  Hell they got a bus that drives around doing executions.

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/world/2006-06-14-death-van_x.htm

 

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:33 | Link to Comment HedgeFun
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Come on Tyler you are not showing both sides of the story.   His Girlfriend probably had an insurance policy on him and 'accidentally' pushed him over the ledge.   She has to pay the credit card bills somehow!

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:34 | Link to Comment evernewecon
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Some of history's greatest art

has come from the minds of the

disturbed.

 

Is Imelda Marcos obsessive?

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Latest-News-Wires/2012/0924/Imelda-Marcos-shoe-collection-now-worthless-says-Philippines-government

It's too bad she doesn't paint shoes.

 

 

 

 

 

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:38 | Link to Comment ebear
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I blame Mao.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 13:20 | Link to Comment mumcard
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Power grows from the pages of a coupon flyer.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 14:27 | Link to Comment MeelionDollerBogus
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I demand solutions, right Mao!

And then..

And then..

And then..

And then...

AAAaaand THENNnnnn

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:36 | Link to Comment JR
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“The way a healthy economy grows, is people earn money and they go out and spend it. The way an unhealthy economy grows, people borrow money and they go out and spend it.” – Barry Ritholtz, CEO Fusion IQ

 "Haven't We Suffered Enough? Dump the oligarchs’ central bank!” – Lew Rockwell


 After 100 Years of Failure, It's Time to End the Fed Fed! by Ron Paul - December 16, 2013

A week from now, the Federal Reserve System will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its founding. Resulting from secret negotiations between bankers and politicians at Jekyll Island, the Fed’s creation established a banking cartel and a board of government overseers that has grown ever stronger through the years. One would think this anniversary would elicit some sort of public recognition of the Fed’s growth from a quasi-agent of the Treasury Department intended to provide an elastic currency, to a de facto independent institution that has taken complete control of the economy through its central monetary planning. But just like the Fed’s creation, its 100th anniversary may come and go with only a few passing mentions.

Like many other horrible and unconstitutional pieces of legislation, the bill which created the Fed, the Federal Reserve Act, was passed under great pressure on December 23, 1913, in the waning moments before Congress recessed for Christmas with many Members already absent from those final votes. This underhanded method of pressuring Congress with such a deadline to pass the Federal Reserve Act would provide a foreshadowing of the Fed’s insidious effects on the US economy—with actions performed without transparency.

Ostensibly formed with the goal of preventing financial crises such as the Panic of 1907, the Fed has become increasingly powerful over the years. Rather than preventing financial crises, however, the Fed has constantly caused new ones. Barely a few years after its inception, the Fed’s inflationary monetary policy to help fund World War I led to the Depression of 1920. After the economy bounced back from that episode, a further injection of easy money and credit by the Fed led to the Roaring Twenties and to the Great Depression, the worst economic crisis in American history.

But even though the Fed continued to make the same mistakes over and over again, no one in Washington ever questioned the wisdom of having a central bank. Instead, after each episode the Fed was given more and more power over the economy. Even though the Fed had brought about the stagflation of the 1970s, Congress decided to formally task the Federal Reserve in 1978 with maintaining full employment and stable prices, combined with constantly adding horrendously harmful regulations. Talk about putting the inmates in charge of the asylum!

Now we are reaping the noxious effects of a century of loose monetary policy, as our economy remains mired in mediocrity and utterly dependent on a stream of easy money from the central bank. A century ago, politicians failed to understand that the financial panics of the 19th century were caused by collusion between government and the banking sector. The government’s growing monopoly on money creation, high barriers to entry into banking to protect politically favored incumbents, and favored treatment for government debt combined to create a rickety, panic-prone banking system. Had legislators known then what we know now, we could hope that they never would have established the Federal Reserve System.

Today, however, we do know better. We know that the Federal Reserve continues to strengthen the collusion between banks and politicians. We know that the Fed’s inflationary monetary policy continues to reap profits for Wall Street while impoverishing Main Street. And we know that the current monetary regime is teetering on a precipice. One hundred years is long enough. End the Fed.

http://www.lewrockwell.com/2013/12/ron-paul/havent-we-suffered-enough/

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-12-15/money-nothing-and-survival-fattest

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:40 | Link to Comment Dr. Engali
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It"s all fun and games until somebody loses an eye.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:41 | Link to Comment css1971
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See, I bet he'd been watching too many Chinese Kung Fu movies.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:43 | Link to Comment krispkritter
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Speaking of things falling, or not, in China.  How does a 20 story building completely burn out and not fall into it's own footprint at free-fall speeds?  I'm perplexed...

From RT: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_SkwHXoiTE&feature=c4-overview&list=UUpw...

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:52 | Link to Comment PT
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... and Made In China too!!!  (Maybe some Germans snuck in there and built that building ...)

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:44 | Link to Comment max2205
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Twitter must be down today

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:44 | Link to Comment Bunga Bunga
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bullish for the conomy ... and nothing to worry

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/6966037/Chinese-gen...

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:43 | Link to Comment monad
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The worst thing a man can do to a woman is to walk away when she's pushing his buttons. Tao should have gone home, changed the locks, reported his credit card stolen and emigrated to a country where women are more rational.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:46 | Link to Comment overmedicatedun...
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monad "emigrated to a country where women are more rational."  you comedian LOL

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 13:05 | Link to Comment forwardho
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monad "emigrated to a country where women are more rational."

Please, wise and venerable monad, Where is this mythical country you speak of?

 

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 13:05 | Link to Comment dark_matter
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Elbonia.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 23:54 | Link to Comment monad
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Anywhere men are still raised to be men and women are still raised to be women. 2 billion years of evolution doesn't just change when Napolean snaps his hoofs.

This 38 year old adult man didn't know how to negotiate with a woman? How did that happen? 5 hours in the mall is nothing to women. In the west through peer interaction healthy hetero children learn before they hit puberty to avoid shopping with women.

Control yourself, you control your world. Just walk away. Sometimes you have to back away.

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