Public urged to be more curious after woman dies at cyber cafe
Local police on Sunday urged the Taiwan public to be more curious and aware of the people around them, after a woman’s death at an Internet cafe went unnoticed for hours. The 37-year-old woman was found dead Saturday at an Internet cafe in Hsinchu City, according to the city police.
A preliminary investigation showed that she died of cardiac arrest, although prosecutors and forensic experts are still trying to confirm the cause of the death, the police said.
Police said the woman arrived alone at the cafe late Friday night. Shortly after her arrival, she leaned against a partition between the seats and stopped moving, apparently because of some discomfort, police said after viewing the cafe’s surveillance tape.
It was not until Saturday that the night-shift employees at the cafe discovered something was wrong and called the police.
The employees on the morning shift thought that the woman was just resting, the police said.
Even after the body was removed, the customers at the cafe stayed focused on their games and computer screens, appearing oblivious to the fact that several medical personnel and police were there collecting evidence.
“If people were a little more curious, maybe someone would’ve observed that something was wrong and may have gotten her to hospital in time to save her life,” the police said.