10 months ago
A female student in China persuaded her 20 boyfriends to present her with 20 iPhones 7. She then sold the mobile phones on a recycling site to buy a house. As told by BBC Trending, the woman made about £725 for each phone, then used the money to as a deposit on a house. The Typical student team shares the story told by the woman's alleged colleague. The Chinese media dubbed the swindler ‘Xiaoli’.
Swindler Or Not?
Allegedly, Xiaoli comes from Shenzhen, the city in the south of China. It is alleged that the woman sold twenty newly launched iPhone 7 from her boyfriends and then sold them on phone recycling site called Hui Shou Bao for 120,000 Chinese yuan (about £14,500).
Xiaoli bought a house in the countryside, then showed it to a group of friends, allegedly. The questions began when she revealed how she got the money. People who have tried defending Xiaoli explained that she's not from a wealthy family. Her mother is a housewife and her father is a migrant worker. In Chinese culture, Xiaoli has to take care of her elderly parents as the oldest, so she's "under a lot of pressure to buy them a house."
20 Mobiles For a House
After the BBC Trending approached Hui Shou Bao to confirm the information. The company spokesperson confirmed they had indeed purchased 20 iPhones from a woman in October 2018. Hui Shou Bao paid 6,000 Chinese yuan (about £725) for each item.
The topic went viral on Weibo with a hashtag “20 mobiles for a house” searched over 13 million times.
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