New Taipei man stabs Family Mart clerk for making him lose face

New Taipei City man stabs convenience store clerk for mocking his inability to make purchase

Clerk being tended to by officer. (Image from 爆料公社 Facebook group)

Clerk being tended to by officer. (Image from 爆料公社 Facebook group)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A man in New Taipei City was so angry after a convenience store clerk taunted him for not being able to make a purchase, he pulled out a knife and stabbed the clerk five times on Sunday (Dec. 23), reported UDN.

On Sunday night at 11:50 p.m., a 44-year-old man surnamed Yeh (葉), who works odd jobs to survive and has a long record of previous convictions, stepped up to the counter of a Family Mart in New Taipei City's Sanchong District to purchase NT$100 (US$3.20) worth of drinks and chocolates. However, as he started to dig into his pocket for change to make the purchase, the store's 19-year-old clerk surnamed Lei (雷) snatched the items away and said, "You don't have money, don't buy them!"

Feeling he had lost face, Yeh stopped searching for change, took out his folding knife, and proceeded to stab Lei five times, including in the abdomen and hands. Yeh then fled the shop, but despite bleeding from his wounds, Lei chased Yeh nearly 200 meters, before collapsing on the bench of a rival 7-Eleven convenience store.

Police quickly dispatched a rapid reaction force to track down Yeh, and once they found him, they used pepper spray to subdue him. When questioned by police, Yeh confessed that he had attacked Lei because he spoke to him in a very rude tone of voice.

Police have transferred Yeh to the Prosecutors' Office on charges of attempted murder.

Bloody scene inside the Family Mar. (Photo from Facebook group 爆料公社)