Trader finds coffin in front of house


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 04 Mar 2004

From the Chinese Press

A FISH wholesaler woke up on Tuesday to find a coffin in front of his house in Taiping, reported China Press Daily. 

Anxious neighbours who passed by the house and saw the coffin at 6am had woken up Zhou Mao Yuen, 51, to ask whether anyone in his family had died. 

Zhou said he was shocked to see the coffin outside the gate as he had found nothing unusual when he had gone to sleep at 2am and none of the neighbours had seen who had placed the coffin there either. 

He said he had not quarrelled with anyone and could not think of anyone who would do such a “vicious thing.” 

He said it could not have been “just a dirty trick” and the person or group behind the act might have done it out of hatred for him. 

He hoped the police would solve the case soon as he feared for his family's safety.  

Zhou, who is the working committee chairman of a nearby temple, said it was taboo for the Chinese to find a coffin in front of their house except under unavoidable circumstances such as a funeral. 

He said a coffin symbolises death and is also a sign of bad luck.  

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