MANILA - A Chinese man was reported to have suffered an embarrassing and expensive rejection after he spent more than $80,000 (around P3.5 million) on iPhones to propose to his girlfriend.
According to several reports online on Monday, the Guangzhou resident popped the question ahead of China's Singles' Day (November 11) --an annual tradition where thousands celebrate their solo status by spending large online.
The man had 99 units of iPhone 6, which cost him two years' worth of his salary, neatly arranged into a heart shape. He then asked for his girlfriend's hand in marriage.
But there would be no happy ending. The woman turned down the offer in front of the man's friends and colleagues. To add insult to injury, photos of the unfortunate rejection also went viral on Chinese social media site Weibo.
Several netizens, shortly after the news broke on other social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook, questioned the reasoning behind the pricey stunt. Some, however, lauded the woman for being "non-materialistic."
For this year's Singles' Day, China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd announced that around $2 billion (around P89.9B) worth of goods were sold on the e-commerce giant's websites within the first hour and 12 seconds of the annual shopping festival.
Alibaba did $3.1 billion (around P139B) in business in half a day during last year's festival, equivalent to what it sold in the full day in 2012.