A man in China has been sentenced to seven years in prison for setting an Internet device on fire over a slow connection.
The man, nicknamed Lan, was at an Internet cafe in southern Guangxi province last June when his frustration with the speed of the connection ended.
A local court said in a statement on Monday that it responded by destroying a public box containing optical fiber network cable.
The court said the man “used a lighter to set a napkin on fire, then set a telecommunications box on fire at a traffic intersection”.
About 4,000 homes and offices, including a public hospital, were without internet access for 28 to 50 hours due to the fire.
“Following the incident, public security officials confiscated Lan’s instrument of crime – a lighter,” according to the court in Senxi, a small mountain town.
Lan was later sentenced to seven years in prison for “destroying public telecommunications facilities”.
The story drew widespread ridicule on the Chinese Internet, with a Weibo user calling the man a “big kid”.
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