CHINA TIMES (Taiwan), XINHUA (China)

Worldcrunch

XIAMEN – Recently, a 17 year-old boy from the Chinese northeastern city of Changchun, in Jilin Province, secretly sold the four tires of his parents’ sports car to buy an iPhone 5.

He sold the tires for about a sixth of their real value. His mother had previously refused to fork out for the newest iPhone.

According to the China Times, this week a young woman in her twenties was seen in front of the Xiamen post office holding a cardboard sign that said “10 Yuan ($1.6) for a hug – to buy an iPhone5. Exact change only.” She might have been slightly embarrassed -- she was hocking her hugs behind a pair of dark sunglasses.

She seemed to have a good thing going. As a Xinhua video shows, apart from all the gawping passersby, “There were three customers in the 10 minutes I was present. One of them was too shy to embrace her so he asked to take a photo with the girl”, one microblogger reported.

This post immediately went viral on the Chinese microblogging services. Many criticized the young woman’s materialism. “At least she sells her own labor to earn the money in comparison with the boy who sold his parents sports car tires!” wrote one blogger.

When the previous Apple offering – the iPhone 4 – was launched in China, a young man sold a kidney to be able to buy the phone. One can’t help wondering what will be up for sale when the iPhone 6 comes out?

Going gaga for the iPhone. Photos iPhone

You've reached your monthly limit of free articles.
To read the full article, please subscribe.
Get unlimited access. Support Worldcrunch's unique mission:
  • Exclusive coverage from the world's top sources, in English for the first time.
  • Stories from the best international journalists.
  • Insights from the widest range of perspectives, languages and countries
Already a subscriber? Log in
Keep up with the world. Break out of the bubble.
Sign up to our expressly international daily newsletter!
Dottoré!

The Perfect Paranoia

A synthetic professional observation of the psychological phenomenon driving the anti-vaxxer movement.

Driven not to see

Mariateresa Fichele

COVID and vaccines can be considered "the perfect paranoia:" The delirium that's swept through those with an internal conflict between the ego and the outside world, just waiting for the right issue to spark their persecutory delusions.

____________________________

Keep reading... Show less
Keep up with the world. Break out of the bubble.
Sign up to our expressly international daily newsletter!
You've reached your monthly limit of free articles.
To read the full article, please subscribe.
Get unlimited access. Support Worldcrunch's unique mission:
  • Exclusive coverage from the world's top sources, in English for the first time.
  • Stories from the best international journalists.
  • Insights from the widest range of perspectives, languages and countries
Already a subscriber? Log in
THE LATEST
FOCUS
TRENDING TOPICS
MOST READ