Customer Beheads Restaurateur in Dispute Over Bill

A customer accused the restaurant owner of overcharging him, then killed him


The owner of a noodle shop in China was murdered by a customer who thought he'd been overcharged 45 cents. 

A disagreement over the price of a bowl of noodles turned into a horrible murder this weekend after a man beheaded a local restaurant owner for allegedly overcharging him for noodles.

According to Shanghaiist, on Saturday a young man was eating at a small noodle restaurant in Wuhan, China. He reportedly ate three bowls of noodles before getting ready to leave, but when it was time to pay, he accused the restaurant owner of overcharging him by one yuan per bowl. One yuan is 15 cents, so the entire dispute was over an alleged 45-cent difference.  

The restaurateur denied overcharging the man, and said the price he had given was the correct one. At that point the two men started fighting, and stunned witnesses say the customer beheaded the restaurant owner right in front of his own restaurant.

Police arrested the man right away, and investigators say the suspect has a history of mental illness and violent outbursts.


The restaurant owner leaves behind a 13-year-old son, and several friends who say he would never have overcharged anybody.