Woman Faints After Breaking $44k Bracelet in Jewelry Store

One woman is learning the sad meaning of “You break, you buy.”

On June 27, a tourist who was simply out for a day of shopping in Ruili City, China tried on a jade bracelet that she liked inside of a pricey jade bangle shop.

When she inquired about the price of the bracelet, she learned that it was $44,000, and frantically tried to remove it. Unfortunately, in her hasty attempt to remove it, she dropped it on the floor and it broke into two pieces.

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Shop staff reportedly tried to calm the woman following the incident, but she became so distraught she eventually fainted into the arms of fellow customers, according to news website 163.com.

A bystander eventually brought the woman back to consciousness by pinching her upper lip, which is a standard Chinese method of waking up people who have fainted, according to Shanghaiist.


News portal Sina reports that a third-party jeweler appraised the broken accessory at 180,000 yuan, which is approximately $26,000.

Shop staff told the woman’s family they could pay the $26,000 to resolve the matter, but they only offered back 70,000 yuan, which is about $10,000.

The two sides have reportedly not yet agreed on compensation

Yikes! Remind me not to touch anything in China if I ever visit! What would you have done if you were in this situation?

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