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Dead fee collector mourned

ASH fluttered down on Dong'an Road in Xuhui District yesterday morning as a group of people stopped traffic and burned paper money to mourn a parking fee collector crushed to death by a car, allegedly following a dispute over a 15 yuan (US$2.30) charge.

More than 10 relatives blocked the road at 9am for around 30 minutes. The son and sister of 52-year-old Xiong Yunlan unfurled a banner reading, "Punish the murderer severely, give me back my mom."

Family members were joined by Xiong's colleagues, who complained that they were "risking their lives" doing their job as vehicles were often driven over their feet.

"Almost every day we have to block vehicles that are trying to escape parking fees," said a fee collector, surnamed Zhang.

Xiong's death highlighted the dangers surrounding on-street parking.

Hours after Xiong's death on Thursday last week, another car moving out from Dong'an Road crushed and killed a 50-year-old man.

Yesterday was the seventh day since Xiong died, a day when Chinese believe the souls of the deceased revisit their families before leaving forever. Family members burn paper offerings and prepare a feast for the dead to enable them to rest in peace.

The driver of the vehicle involved in the incident, a middle-aged man surnamed Wang, was detained last Thursday.


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