Apple Inc. iPhone made a Chinese woman the proud owner of a house. This also made her popular as the news remained high on all the social media sites. A blogger who writes under the pseudonym ‘Proud Qiaoba’ published the story on the popular blogging platform ‘Tian Ya Yi Du’ forum, and that’s when it all started.
An Apple iPhone can get you a house
The tale that Proud Qiaoba penned seems far from reality and plays out like the plot of some romantic novel. But, the BBC verified the story as being true. The writer casts a colleague of his as the lead character in the story – dubbed ‘Xiaoli’ (not her real name).
This woman – a resident of Shenzhen city in Southern China – had 20 boyfriends. And, she asked all of them to buy her a newly launched iPhone 7. She then went ahead to sell them all on a mobile recycling site called Hui Shou Bao in return of 115,010 Chinese Yuan (about $17,000 USD) with which she put down as a deposit on a house in the countryside, notes BBC.
In the blog post, ‘Proud Qiaoba’ narrated that Xiaoli showed her new house to their group of friends, and all were pretty surprised when she told them the way she got money for the deposit. “Everyone in the office is talking about this now. Who knows what her boyfriends think now this news has become public,” the post said.
The post said that Xiaoli is not from a wealthy family. Her mother is a housewife while father is a migrant worker, and she is the eldest daughter in the family. She probably wanted to buy her parents a house as they were getting older, but the method she used for that is pretty unbelievable.
Is the story real?
This incident has people doubting the authenticity of the story. They are extremely surprised at Xiaoli’s enterprise and quick work in convincing her 20 boyfriends to buy her Apple iPhone each, making this a topic of discussion on China’s micro-blogging site Sina Weibo. Apple Inc. iPhone 7 was launched on 16 September of this year.
Weibo had the hashtag that translates to ’20 mobiles for a house’ circulating on it, and within no time it became the country’s top trend. Xiaoli has won admiration from many social media users. There were many users, who were suspicious if the story was an elaborate product placement for Hui Shou Bao, the mobile recycling business.
For confirming the news, BBC Trending approached Hui Shou Bao and got the confirmation from a company spokesperson that it had indeed purchased 20 Apple Inc. iPhones from a female client at the beginning of October. For each device she was paid 5,750 Chinese Yuan. BBC tried to reach out to her for an interview, but she turned down the request.