*A woman in China convinced 20 men to buy her an iPhone 7, then she resold the phones and used the money to put a down payment on a house. Hey, you can call her crazy, but I call her resourceful. OK, forget the fact that she actually knows 20 men she can call ‘boyfriend’. Or even the fact that she convinced each one of them to shelve out hundreds of dollars for her iPhone. Would it EVER have crossed your mind to do something like this to secure a new home?
I didn’t think so.
People on social media don’t know what to think. Some have offered praise to the woman, while others are less complimentary.
According to BBC.com, a hashtag that once translated means ’20 mobiles for a house’ started circulating like crazy on Weibo, and soon became the country’s top trend. It has now been used in excess of 13 million times.
Many social media users, like ‘small sand is growing’, have expressed admiration for Xiaoli, the name by which the woman was dubbed by Chinese media,
“I can’t even find one boyfriend. She can actually find 20 boyfriends at the same time and even get them to buy her an iPhone 7. Just want to ask her to teach me such skills.”
That’s what I’m thinking.
But another post wasn’t so kind, calling the woman “the most shameless person.”
News of the crafty woman’s actions was first reported online by a blogger in China going by the name of Proud Qiaoba. The blogger said a female colleague had found 20 men to be her “boyfriends”in the city of Shenzhen and asked each man to buy her an iPhone 7.
According to Proud Qiaoba, Xiaoli sold all 20 iPhones to cellphone recycling business Hui Shou Bao and came out with a total of nearly $18,000.
She used the dough to put down a deposit on a house in a rural area.
“Everyone in the office is talking about this now,” Proud Qiaoba wrote, “Who knows what her boyfriends think now that this news has become public.”
I suspect they may be feeling like fools.
Hui Shou Bao, the cellphone company, confirmed they had bought 20 iPhones from “a woman” in early October. He said she had been paid $890 for each phone. He added she did not want to be interviewed.
A representative from the company said, “Her day-to-day life has been affected [from the local media attention] and she doesn’t want the media to continue covering this story,” Hui Shou Bao representative told the BBC, “so she has turned down” interview requests.”
Shoot, I don’t need an interview babe, just send me a script! I promise I won’t do any ad lib. You obviously used all the right words and don’t need any help from me!