A desperate Chinese wife set fire to more than 400 brand new cellphones in an attempt to win back her estranged husband's heart, and was arrested for arson.
The woman, identified only by her surname Wang, and her husband ran a successful phone retail business in Weifang city, in the eastern province of Shandong. However, the marriage was on the rocks and the couple frequently fought.
On the evening of March 3, after another bitter battle, the husband slammed the door and left their home. Mrs. Wang was overcome with despair and gathered their entire new stock of phones on the bed, poured kerosene on them and set them on fire before leaving the home.
Neighbors reported black smoke pouring from the home and called firefighters who quickly extinguished the blaze. However, the phones, valued at more than $42,000, were all destroyed. (info from Xinhua news agency)