According to the BBC, a woman in China asked all 20 of her boyfriends (yes, 20) to buy her a brand new iPhone which she then sold to buy a new house.
Blogger Proud Qiaoba shared the story about her colleague, Xiaoli (reportedly not her real name) who used the crazy demand for the latest iPhone 7 model to fund her path to homeownership.
Xiaoli, from Shenzen in southern China, pestered each of her 20 simultaneous lovers to buy her the just-launched iPhone 7 until they gave in and gifted her the smartphone. She sold all of the phones to a mobile phone recycling website for 120,000 Chinese yuan (around $17,730).
The BBC reports that it’s pretty tough to get on the housing ladder in China, so Xiaoli used her ill-gotten gains to put down a deposit on a house in the countryside.
The story quickly went viral on Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo. Qiaoba wrote that Xiaoli is “not from a wealthy family. Her mom 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 of pressure to buy them a house. But it’s still unbelievable that she could use this method!”
And her parents are allegedly pretty proud of their daughter’s financial (and romantic) achievement, although we’re not sure her boyfriends are as pleased now that this is now international news.
Some people have been impressed by Xiaoli’s efforts, writing: “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.”
Others were less kind, calling Xiaoli “shameful”.
But Xiaoli had the last laugh — she’s got 20 boyfriends, a house, and, for a while anyway, 20 iPhones. You can’t help but be impressed by her daring!