Expensive blind date has become top trending on Chinese social media platform Weibo after a girl allegedly brought 23 of her relatives and friends to the dinner. The restaurant bill was 20,000 yuan – close to 3000 USD.
According to China Newsweek Magazine (中国新闻周刊), a man by the name of Xiao Liu had asked the young woman out for dinner, saying it would be his treat. The girl then unexpectedly showed up with an entire crew, saying it was to “test out” Liu’s generosity.
Xiao Liu is a 29-year-old man from Zhejiang province. Struggling to find the time to date with his busy work schedule, Liu’s mother hired a matchmaker to find a suitable potential girlfriend for her single son. The incident happened during a date that was set up by this matchmaker.
The story was originally published by local media outlets Taizhou Evening News (台州晚报) and Qilu Evening News (齐鲁晚报) on WeChat. These sources report that Liu took off without paying once he saw the restaurant bill, quickly turning off his cellphone afterward.
Since Liu left the ‘dinner date’ without paying, the woman was stuck with the bill.
In an attempt to solve the situation with Liu later on, the young woman said she was “willing to go Dutch” on the bill. Liu refused but was still willing to pay the 4398 yuan bill (660 USD) for two tables, leaving the girl with the rest of the 15,402 yuan bill (2305 USD).
The girl reportedly turned to her relatives for help in paying the bill. Screenshots of the WeChat group chat were apparently leaked online, with some group members showing unwillingness to share in the high bill, saying that they did not smoke nor drink and just had a bite to eat – and that it was her who invited them in the first place.
On Weibo, the topic attracted 260 million views on Tuesday, with most commenters siding with Liu and condemning the girl.
Despite the online interest in the topic, there are also some netizens doubting whether or not the story is real.
Although screenshots were shared by online media, the actual source of the story remains unknown. It is also not disclosed where or when the incident took place.
The fact that the story was also shared by some official (local) media makes people think that perhaps it was just posted as clickbait.
“Even an idiot would never bring 23 people to a date,” some commenters say.
It is not uncommon for these kinds of interpersonal incidents to go viral on Chinese media.