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Broken heart

Breaking up is never easy. Regular readers of this column may recall some of the more bizarre break-up reactions. Remember the woman who camped out in a KFC branch for a week after her boyfriend terminated their relationship (see WiC258)? Or the “suicide bride” who dressed in a wedding gown before jumping out from her seventh floor apartment (she survived, see WiC108)?

A woman from Guangdong province recently added to the bad break-up pantheon. According to Oriental Daily, the 24 year-old was visiting Hong Kong this month with a couple of her female buddies. Apparently she was shopping in Tsim Sha Tsui, the territory’s busiest retail area, when the bombshell was dropped. Her boyfriend sent a text message via WeChat, informing her that their relationship had come to an end and he’d decided to dump her.

What ensued was an eye-opener for onlookers. The jilted woman fell down and lay by a busy road, throwing her legs in the air. “I don’t want to live anymore!” she screamed repeatedly. “I want to be with you forever don’t you understand?” This footage was captured live by a host of smartphone cameras, and soon went viral online.

The woman in question later claimed to have known the man for more than 20 years. If true, she would have been dating her boyfriend as a toddler, which would certainly make the break-up more difficult. The drama ended only when police strapped her onto a stretcher and took her away.

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