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Rich Kid Buys Girl 8-Foot Tall Costco Teddy Bear, Gets Rejected

Even a costly 8-ft tall Costco teddy bear could not help this rich kid win the love of this girl.

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Even a costly 8-ft tall Costco teddy bear could not help this fu’erdai rich kid win the love of the girl he likes. She rejected the boy, but took the tall bear – which has become a hot item among Chinese exchange students.

An 8-ft (2,4 mt) tall bear has drawn a lot of attention at Hangzhou Normal University on September 25. A rich student drove the enormous teddy bear to campus with his Porsche car on Monday, to show his love to the girl he likes.

Photos of the spectacle were posted on Weibo and on a Hangzhou Normal University WeChat account, where people reported that the girl rejected the young man, but kept the teddy bear.

According to the Weibo account of China Newsweek Magazine, the bear is a hit among Chinese fu’erdai who are studying abroad. “Almost everyone has bought one by now,” Newsweek writes.

Costsco is one of America’s biggest warehouses, with overseas branches in, amongst others, Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. The 8-feet tall bears have been on sale since 2015.

Currently, there are only three of these Costco teddy bears available in the mainland, according to China Newsweek. But on Taobao, dozens of similar bears are sold for around 800-900 RMB (±$120-$136).

Although many people on WeChat and Weibo found the story funny, there are also many people who say it is just another marketing stunt. Over the past few years, brands or companies often stage a spectacular scene in hopes it will go viral on social media. Sometimes it is to advertise a product, but it could also be about the posters in the background of the scene.

If this indeed concerns a marketing stunt, it is not clear who is behind it. “It must be a Costco campaign,” some say, while others think the scene has been set up by online warehouse TMall.com.

But there are also many netizens who do believe the scene is real: “This is what China’s nouveau riche kids do – flaunt their wealth,” many commented. Others were more concerned with the behavior of the girl: “She rejected the man, but accepted the bear?!”

By Manya Koetse


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Woman Kicked Out on Highway Off-ramp by Boyfriend over Spring Festival Argument

He put her out of the car, but their relationship is still on.

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News of a Chinese woman being kicked out of the car beside a high-speed road by her boyfriend is making its rounds on Weibo today. What many netizens are especially astonished about, is that the couple is still together.

On February 20, Chinese newspaper People’s Daily reported on Weibo that a woman was kicked out of the car by her boyfriend on Sunday while driving home to celebrate Chinese New Year.

The incident occurred at the Zhejiang Hangzhou highway. Local traffic police spotted the woman walking by herself on the off-ramp, carrying a suitcase.

The woman reportedly was visibly upset and told the police that she was on her way to her Anhui hometown with her boyfriend when they got into an argument and he kicked her out of the car.

Footage of the woman wandering about the side of the highway was published on Weibo by online media outlet Pear Video, and was shared hundreds of times on Chinese social media on Tuesday.

As reported by various Chinese news outlets, the woman’s boyfriend was later tracked down by police and apologized for leaving his girlfriend beside the highway. After a police mediation, the couple still continued their way to the New Year’s festivities together.

“Why didn’t she break up with him?!” many commenters on the news wonder.

“If you’re looking for a marriage partner, don’t pick him from a garbage dump,” some wrote.

Others warn the woman that her boyfriend’s current actions are a bad omen for the future: “Now he’ll throw you out of the car together with your suitcase, later he’ll throw you out of the car together with your child.”

“If there’s a first time, there’ll always be second time,” many netizens also said.

In 2016, a fighting couple also shocked the online community when footage of a man putting his wife in the back of his car trunk at a Hebei gas station went viral on Weibo.

A day after the incident, the woman said she would not press charges against her own husband, igniting discussions over whether or not the man should be punished anyway for the abuse – regardless of whether or not she would press charges.

As for the couple in today’s new feature, most netizens just hope for one thing: “Whatever you do, do not marry him!”

By Manya Koetse

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Shanghai Police Releases Surveillance Footage of Dumbest Burglars Ever

If all burglars were this stupid, the police wouldn’t need to work overtime.

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On February 14, the official Weibo account of the Shanghai Public Security Bureau (@上海市公安局官方微博) released a video on its channel that is going viral on Chinese social media today. The video was captured through surveillance cameras after midnight.

The video shows two burglars attempting to break in when something goes terribly wrong – see the video for yourself, although some viewer discretion is advised.

“If all burglars were like this, we wouldn’t need to work overtime,” the Shanghai Public Security Bureau writes.

“You might not need to work overtime, but the nurses and doctors at the hospital surely will,” some netizens reply.

The video was watched 4 million times shortly after it was published on Weibo. Further information on how the unfortunate burglar is currently doing has not been released.

By Manya Koetse

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