Since Wednesday morning, all 7-Eleven outlets in Hong Kong have been accepting donations from people who would like to lend support to the family of a storekeeper who was stabbed to death by a thief last week.
7-Eleven Hong Kong said the firm collected HK$1.6 million within eight hours.
It said all the money donated by the public will go to the widow of Paul Cheng Ka-pui, 38, who operated the franchised convenience store, Ming Pao Daily reported Thursday.
Many people brought flowers to the store in Pitt Street in Yau Ma Tei, which Cheng began operating two years ago.
7-Eleven Hong Kong said each donor will receive a receipt.
Many people posted their receipts on social media to show their support, including artists such as Gregory Wong Chung-yiu and Bob Lam Shing-pun.
Meanwhile, the firm said it would return the franchise fees and deposit to Cheng’s family.
Cheng, father of a months-old baby, died a week after he was stabbed in his chest March 8 by a customer in an argument over a bag of potato chips.
A witness to the stabbing, surnamed Cheung, sobbed while being interviewed at the scene by reporters from several media outlets.
Cheung was in the store with her two young daughters buying milk when a fight started between Cheng and a man he tried to stop leaving the store without paying for a bag of potato chips.
She said she saw the man waving a knife at Cheng.
Cheung then called the police and left the store with her daughters, fearing for their safety.
She was heartbroken to hear that Cheng died Monday morning.
Cheung said she feels guilty that she did not intervene at the time.
She said if she had thrown milk bottles at the thief, maybe the tragedy wouldn’t have happened.
Cheung said she had to seek help from social workers after the incident.
She said the scene of the accident kept popping into her mind, preventing her from sleeping at night.
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