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Man swallows lighter in attempt to earn $120 after spending all his money on girlfriend

By Mason White 12:55 PM March 24, 2014
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By: Sanvi Rizvi
A desperate restaurant worker swallowed a cigarette lighter in an attempt to make $128 dollars.

The man of China, was forced to seek medical help after swallowing the cigarette lighter in his bet to win money.

It all began, when restaurant worker Xiao Huang of Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, was chatting with colleagues on Wednesday, when one of them joked that he would give 800 yuan ($128) to anyone who swallows a cigarette lighter.

Huang, who had just spend all his salary on clothes for his girlfriend, saw an opportunity to earn some extra cash and swallowed the lighter before anyone could stop him.

When Huang demanded the money, the colleague refused to pay up, saying that he was joking when he made the silly bet.

Huang began suffering severe stomach pains and nausea after consuming the lighter. One of his friends quickly took him to a hospital, where doctors performed an endoscopy to remove the foreign object from his stomach.

Director of Gastroenterology, Sun Weidong, said he has removed all kinds of objects from people’s stomachs, but has never seen anyone purposely swallowing a lighter before.