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.
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?