28th October 2013
Chinese Woman Smashes Broadway’s Product with Metal Rod in Revenge
A Chinese woman, whose monthly salary is US$330, bought an iPad from Broadway (a chain electronic shop) in Mong Kok during her last visit in Hong Kong. She later found out that the machine did not come with manufacturer’s warranty, and decided to take revenge when she visited Hong Kong again. Last Wednesday (23rd October), she went to the same shop where she bought the machine, and claimed that she wanted to look at a LG mobile phone which is worth around US$650. As soon as the phone was brought out, she pulled out a metal rod and smashed the phone into pieces. She was then charged for criminal damage. During the hearing, the woman defended that the incident was caused by cultural differences.
The defendant, Wu Qianmei (39) pleaded guilty. When defending her, her lawyer said that she picked up the metal rod from outside the shop and did not plan to bring it into the shop, and committed a crime of passion. She was fined for US$1,300 and was demanded to pay for the mobile phone she destroyed. The defendant asked to repay the total fine in five monthly installments, but the magistrate denied her request and said if she does not pay the fine the alternative is a three months sentence.