Chinese man buys 99 iPhone 6s for lush wedding proposal, she says no

14 Nov 2014

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Money can’t buy you love, but it can buy you 99 iPhone 6s. For one Chinese man, however, that wasn’t enough to win over his girlfriend when he popped the question.

The young man, a programmer, spent about €65,000 on the Apple devices for his lush proposal, according to The Nanfang Insider. Arranging the smartphones in a heart shape, he invited his girlfriend to step inside the display and, clutching a bouquet of flowers, asked her to marry him. Sadly, as a small crowd of onlookers gathered, the woman rejected the proposition.

The grand gesture was made as part of China’s Singles Day, which traditionally sees the exchanging of extravagant gifts. The move didn’t work out for this tech worker, however, and users of Chinese social network Weibo quickly took to the site to voice their dismay. “How many kidneys did it take to buy those phones?” posted one user, referring to previous reports of a man selling his own kidney to buy the device.

The latest iPhone was released in China on 17 October, following approval by the country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. Available in some markets since September, the delayed Chinese release was a result of the government’s need to ensure the phones were secure and would not leak data to US agencies.

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Dean Van Nguyen was a contributor to Silicon Republic