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Trampled old woman wins

A Shanghai resident who broke 13 ribs last March in a supermarket will get 53,000 yuan (US$8,413) in compensation, a local court ruled yesterday.

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

On March 18, Qi fell on an escalator as people swarmed into the supermarket to buy salt. The woman was trampled by others and 13 ribs were fractured. 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 have put measures into place to prevent panic buying and ordered it to pay the woman 53,000 yuan.


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