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Chinese man assaulted by friend after ghost mask prank backfires

Stunt pulled on roommate during the grave-sweeping festival in China, newspaper reports

PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 April, 2017, 1:55pm
UPDATED : Friday, 07 April, 2017, 1:55pm

A man from northern China’s attempt to scare his roommate during the grave-sweeping festival this week by wearing a ghost mask ended up with him assaulted and the pair arguing over the medical bills, according to a newspaper report.

The man wore the mask on Tuesday evening on the night of the traditional Chinese festival and hid in a cupboard in their room in Taiyuan, the Shanxi Evening News reported.

His roommate was so frightened when the man leapt out at him he lashed out and broke his nose.

The prankster had to stay in hospital for treatment, leaving medical bills unpaid, the report said.

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He complained his roommate only paid 600 yuan (US$87) for emergency medical treatment, but was reluctant to pay more.

“I was so scared at that moment that I felt nothing in my mind and even my heartbeat seemed to stop. The prank was overdone, especially on that day,” the roommate was quoted as saying. “The punch was to protect myself, not a deliberate move,” he added.

The pair have eventually agreed to split the medical bills, according to the article.