Convenience store clerk stabbed to death after asking customer to wear mask

A convenience store clerk in Taoyuan City died after being stabbed in the chest by a customer he had asked to put on a mask this morning, November 21.

According to reports, a 41-year-old man named Chiang entered a 7-11 store on Guangfeng Road in Guishan District at around 5:00 am. The 30-year-old clerk, named Tsai, requested that Chiang put on a facemask according to epidemic prevention regulations.

Chiang, who lives upstairs in the same building as the convenience store, then exited and returned a short time later wearing a facemask. Chiang bought a pack of potato chips, and upon completing the purchase, angrily tossed the facemask at the clerk.

Chiang left the store, but returned for a third time and demanded the clerk step out from behind the counter. According to witnesses who called the police, Tsai and Chiang scuffled before Chiang allegedly stabbed Tsai in the left side chest three times.

Fire Department paramedics received a report of the incident at 5:47 am and found Tsai unconscious at the scene of the stabbing. Tsai was rushed to Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, but was declared dead a short time after arrival.

Police arrested Chiang and took him to a hospital to have a wound on his hand sutured before taking him to the police station for questioning.

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