A new video being shared online shows a shop owner in the city of Holon stab himself in the head after getting fined for placing his merchandise out on the street.
City inspectors fined the man for placing stands on the sidewalk. The fine does not appear to be tied to coronavirus restrictions.
In response the man began stabbing himself in the head with a sharp object, as inspectors wrestled him to the ground to prevent him from further harming himself.
He was lightly to moderately injured and rushed to hospital.
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The municipality says the man has been fined several times in recent months for similar incidents and has attempted self-harm in the past while filming the incidents.
There is speculation that the man’s extreme reaction is tied to the economic hardships brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, though this has not been confirmed.