Date
24 July 2017
The Noodle shop (left) in Wuhan where a horrific crime took place on Saturday. The picture on the right shows a man pointing at a garbage can where the severed head of the shop owner was thrown after the crime. Photos: sina.com, baidu
The Noodle shop (left) in Wuhan where a horrific crime took place on Saturday. The picture on the right shows a man pointing at a garbage can where the severed head of the shop owner was thrown after the crime. Photos: sina.com, baidu

Man beheads noodle shop owner after price dispute

Wuhan, the capital of China’s central Hubei province, has seen a horrific killing over the weekend as a noodle shop owner was decapitated after a dispute over the price of a meal.

According to media reports, the crime happened on Saturday when a 22-year-old man flew into a rage after accusing a noodle shop operator of overcharging him.

Exchanging angry words initially, the row escalated to such an extent that the customer, a person surnamed Hu, grabbed a knife from the shop and beheaded the shop owner, who was aged 42.

The horrible killing took place at about noon, when the suspect ordered three bowls of noodles at a shop near the Wuchang railway station.

After Hu finished his meal, he accused the shop owner, who bears the surname Yao, of overcharging him by 1 yuan per each bowl, Apple Daily reports.

A fierce quarrel ensued, following which the shocking crime took place.

According to bystanders, Hu became furious after he was mocked by Yao, who remarked caustically that his food was only for those who can afford it.

Enraged at the perceived slight, the 22-year-old seized a knife and beheaded Yao.

The head was thrown to a garbage can nearby before the police arrived and arrested Hu on the spot.

According to Wuhan Evening News, the victim was from Shiyan, Hubei province while the suspect was from the adjacent Sichuan province.

A video clip that captured the crime has made its way to online forums, shocking many people and sparking intense discussions.

The police have urged the public not to circulate the grisly images.

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