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Panic salt buyer gets compensation for broken ribs

A Shanghai resident who broke 13 ribs last March when she joined crowds to buy salt following the Japanese tsunami that caused radiation leak into the sea will get 53,000 yuan (US$8,413) in compensation by the supermarket, a local court ruled today.

The Minhang District People's Court said the 80-year-old woman surnamed Qi went to the supermarket to buy salt after many local stores reported salt shortage as a result of rumors.

On March 18, Qi fell on an escalator as people swarmed into the supermarket to buy salt. The elderly woman was trampled by others and her 13 ribs were fractured, the court heard.

Qi demanded more than 100,000 yuan compensation but the supermarket argued that her injury was not its fault and put the blame on panic salt-buying.

The court said the supermarket should take measures to prevent panic buying and ordered it to pay the woman 53,000 yuan.


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