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Chinese man sentenced to jail for setting fire to ‘slow’ internet cables

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Authorities in China have sentenced a man to seven years in prison for setting fire to internet equipment after becoming enraged over a slow connection.

Chinese man sentenced to jail for setting fire to 'slow' internet cables

man sentenced to jail for setting fire to ‘slow’ internet cables

The man, surnamed Lan, was at an internet cafe in southern Guangxi province last June when his frustration with the connection speed spilled over.

He responded by destroying a public box containing optical fiber network cables, a local court said in a statement on Monday.

The court said the man “used a lighter to set a napkin he had on him on fire, then burned down a telecommunications box at a traffic intersection”.



The fire caused nearly 4,000 households and offices, including a public hospital, to lose internet access for 28 to 50 hours.

“After the incident, public security officials seized Lan’s instrument of crime — a lighter,” according to the court in Cenxi, a small mountain city.

Lan was later hit with a seven-year jail term for “destroying public telecommunications facilities”.

The story prompted widespread ridicule on the internet, with one Weibo user calling the man a “big baby”.

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