A Chinese woman has the world in utter shock from the unique story that went viral.
Xiaoli, a woman from the city of Shenzhen in southern China, asked each of her 20 current boyfriends to buy her a newly launched iPhone 7. She then sold all of the phones to a mobile phone recycling site called Hui Shou Bao for 120,000 Chinese yuan which is $17,709 USD, and used the money to put down a deposit on a house in the countryside.
The author of the story who goes by the name, Proud Qiaoba wrote in the blog post that when Xiaoli showed her new house to their group of friends, they were all very surprised when she revealed how she had managed to obtain the money for the deposit.
Proud Qiaoba added that Xiaoli “is not from a wealthy family. Her mother is a housewife and her dad is a migrant worker, and she is the oldest daughter. Her parents are getting old and she might be under a lot pressure hoping to buy them a house… But it’s still unbelievable that she could use this method!”
Many people on China’s microblogging site Sina Weibo have been expressing their surprise at Xiaoli’s method of convincing her 20 lovers to each buy her the latest in Apple’s newest release, given the fact that the iPhone 7 was only recently launched, on September 16.
A handful had some speculation that the whole story was fabricated only to promote the mobile phone recycling website, Hui Shou Bao. Upon reaching out to a company spokesperson, they have confirmed that they had indeed purchased 20 iPhones from a female client at the beginning of October and paid 6,000 Chinese yuan ($885 usd) for each individual phone.
We put in a request to interview Xiaoli through the company. They responded by saying that they had asked their client if she would like to speak to us, but she had declined.
“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,” they said, “so she has turned down the interview request.”