Taiwanese Convenience Store Clerk Stabbed to Death After Asking Customer to Put on Mask

A convenience store clerk in Taoyuan was stabbed to death by a customer after asking the customer to wear a mask.

According to authorities, the incident occurred just after 5 a.m. inside a business on Guangfong Street in Gueishan District.

When the suspect, identified as Chiang, 41, entered the store without a mask, the 30-year-old cashier, identified as Tsai, urged him to put one on.

A witness reported the incident to the police, and paramedics arriving at the scene found Tsai with three 3cm knife wounds in his chest.

Paramedics stated that Tsai lost vital signs in the ambulance and could not be resuscitated.

They stated that the knife allegedly used in the stabbing was a tool Chiang used in his line of business as a paper-cutting artist.

Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan stated that he has directed the local administration to completely support Tsai’s family with burial and other arrangements.

The stabbing was the latest in a string of violent attacks on convenience store employees who had requested that the government enforce its mask law.

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