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IN People ON 08 Mar, 2016
Once bitten twice shy: China doesn't seem to behave accordingly to the idiom despite various bizarre and unfortunate accidents, including those of escalator incidents or chefs using rats instead of chicken in restaurants. Only a few months ago, a woman got her head trapped in an elevator at a departmental store and died, and now, the news of a 41-year-old woman dying of starvation in a closed elevator is depressing the internet.
Here's what exactly happened.
The entire fault is of the maintenance workers who shut off the power supply without properly checking if anyone was inside.
Desperate scratches on the elevator wall were reported by the local police. An elevator company was called to repair a malfunctioning elevator in the northern city of Xi'an in late January.
The workers did not confirm if anyone was inside the elevator and shut off the power supply. They went on a month-long holiday, and when checked the elevator car in March, they found the dead body of the trapped woman.
The police are actively working on the case and have arrested several people in the case of involuntary manslaughter.
She was recently divorced and was in depression.
The Chinese media is shocked how could the decomposed corpse and its smell went unnoticed by the residents of the building. But since several residents may have been away on travels to other parts of China during the customary Lunar New Year festivities in February, the elevator and insides of it went ignored.
And strict with such crimes as well. May the lady's soul rest in peace.