Sometimes, I’ll spy a story that just makes my jaw drop to the floor. This is one of those times. I’m…really not sure what to even say about this one. It all starts with this girl in China who really, really, really wants an iPhone 4. And then….it just kind of goes downhill from there.
The girl, born some time in the 1990s(evidently, girls born during that time period are referred to as ‘jiulinghou’), desperately wanted an iPhone 4. Unfortunately, her dear old dad refused to buy it for her. Whatever his reasons (and however justified they might be) she was not to be dissuaded from getting what she wanted. If her dad wouldn’t get her one, why not find a sugar daddy who would? So, like all kids who want to engage in an illicit transaction, she went online- specifically, turning to Weibo, China’s version of Twitter.
Here’s an English translation of the posting the girl allegedly made, which also included photos, her cell phone number and her QQ ID:
“My dream is to buy an iPhone 4. But my Dad refused to buy it for me. Is there anyone, who can buy it and give it to me as a present? I can offer my precious INNOCENT LUST for him.”
I…she…What the flying unholy f***?! Not only is this rather disturbing, but at the same time…how could she possibly believe she could get away with it? Didn’t she think her dad might question how his sweet, not so innocent little princess suddenly acquired the 4,999 yuan to obtain this shiny new piece of tech? Maybe we’re giving her too much credit- anyone who’d sell themselves to a stranger just to get a new phone can’t really be all that intelligent, right?
"My dream is to buy an iPhone 4. But my Dad refused to buy it for me. Is there anyone, who can buy it and give it to me as a present? I can offer my precious INNOCENT LUST for him."
Normal kids would just go and get a part time job; start saving up. But apparently instant gratification is more important, and damn the consequences!
Apparently this handy device is worth at least one kidney.
This isn’t the first time something like this has happened in China, either. That’s probably the most disturbing aspect of this story. Remember Xiao Zheng, the 17 year old who sold his kidney for an iPad 2? Yeah. Apparently he’s living with several complications that came about as a result of the fact that the place he went to was in no way qualified to perform the surgery. I can’t say I’m surprised, and I’m not really inclined to feel all that sympathetic.
Hey, at least the worst this girl could get from this deal is an STD, right? Or pregnancy. Or a deep-seated sense of shame and regret that’ll stay with her for the rest of her life. A sense of shame that will be reinforced every time she texts a friend, or makes a call on her new phone. But hey, at least she’ll have gotten her iPhone!
Never mind the fact that the iPhone 5 releases in just a few months, so her ill-gotten gadget will be well on the road to becoming obsolete.
People are saying a lot of different things about this story and the tale of young Mr. Zheng. Some believe that both tales are hoaxes, perpetrated by Apple to show people how desirable their products are. I’m thinking I’ll discount that outright- somehow I doubt Apple wants incidents like these associated with its image. That would sort be bad PR, don’tcha think? Others believe that, at least in the case of this girl, her account was hacked and the whole thing was a prank.
Either way, it shows how far some people are willing to go to get their hands on the latest gadget. Consumerism at its finest, eh?