A 42-year-old noodle restaurant owner in China was brutally decapitated after a dispute broke out with a customer who claimed he was overcharged by 3 yuan ($0.44).
A 22-year-old migrant worker from Sichuan province, surnamed Hu, was arrested on Saturday in Wuhan, Hubei province, according to Shanghaiist.
The suspect ordered three bowls of noodles and then believed he was overcharged 1 yuan ($0.15) per bowl by the restaurant owner, who reportedly dismissed the man’s allegations.
That’s when the customer used a knife to chop off the restaurant owner’s head during a heated argument, and chucked it into a nearby trash can.
Hu reportedly has a history of mental illness and violence, spending six months at a psychiatric hospital before being discharged in 2016 because his condition had improved.
According to a doctor’s assessment before he was released, he suffered from the second-highest level of “mental impairment” in a four-tier system, but there was no specific diagnosis.
Hu was a neat dresser, a poor communicator and easily irritated, the South China Morning Post reported.
His cousin told local media that Hu tended to scare his family with violence, including fighting with and beating up his own parents.
“I have not taught my son well. I’m really sorry,” said Hu’s mother.
The 42-year-old victim had been living with his 13-year-old son after he divorced his wife five years ago.
His friends called him an honest man who would never cheat his customers like that.
Police have urged Chinese netizens through their microblogging account not to share gruesome videos and photos of the dead body on social media.