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This young model has been forced to cancel photo shoots after she was left “disfigured” when she slammed her face into a door frame while running from a ghost playing an ‘escape room’ game.
The escape room games force players to work together to find clues and solve puzzles in order to progress to new rooms and eventually escape from the game site.
But it ended painfully for 23-year-old Rui Na, who shared images showing a large cut on her forehead as well as stitches above her upper lip following the accident earlier this month.
She models clothing for brands selling on e-commerce platforms such Alibaba’s Taobao, and claims her livelihood as an online model has been jeopardised by what she believes was an avoidable accident.
The native of Jinhua, a coastal city in East China’s Zhejiang Province, took part in the escape room game with a friend.
CCTV footage from the game venue shows the two walking next to each other when the cosplaying employee appears in front of them and they flee in the opposite direction.
But Ms Rui and her friend trip and fall, with the model then accidentally face-planting the wooden door frame.
She recalled: “I was supposed to go alone, but I was too scared, so I asked a friend to come with me.
“The girl who came with me was scared too. She saw a ghost climbing towards us and started panicking.
“She fell over and brought me down with her, then I hit my face against the wooden frame.
“I was covered in blood and went straight to hospital, but the organisers didn’t contact me for two days.
“It was only after I shared the video online – and after they saw it – that they got in touch.
“They weren’t sincere enough to ask after me immediately after the incident, so what’s the point of reaching out to me now?
“They should’ve at least covered the door frame with foam.
“It’s such a sharp material. It was an accident waiting to happen.”
Speaking anonymously to local media, the owner of the escape room business said: “It’s not that I didn’t try to contact her. I reached out to her friend, but she refused to give me her contact details.
“We could’ve discussed liability, and we’d have paid what we were responsible for. Our clients and staff are all insured.
“Our staff never physically touch our customers. The accident happened because a friend tripped another friend. It’s clear on CCTV.
“Also, we couldn’t have put any protection on our door frames because then they wouldn’t be able to close.
“And that defeats the point of an escape room, because there would be no room to actually escape from.”
In a social media post, Ms Rui appeared to accept the fact that she may have no claim over compensation.
She said: “I’m a model. My face is very important! I’ve had to cancel all my shoots.
“I admit, I signed before entering the escape room. I bear all responsibility for the consequences.
“I’m writing this post as a warning to you all: cherish your lives. Don’t go to escape rooms!
“I’m sure I’m not the only victim, and they surely include more important people than me.”
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