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Piece of cake?

Impressing your future mother-in-law can be a tricky task. But for a young man from Guizhou, the effort backfired so badly that she ended up calling the police.

According to Caijing magazine, the man in question (surnamed Qin) met his girlfiend (surnamed Zhao) in an online chatroom. The pair from Guizhou province soon fell in love and decided to get married. So Zhao suggested that her boyfriend pay her family a visit during the Mid-Autumn Festival to ask for parental permission.

Qin showed up promptly at Zongping village, where Zhao lived with her family. To make a good impression, he walked into a small shop to pick up a gift for his future in-laws. But after selecting a box of mooncake, Qin took advantage of the crowded scene to sneak out without paying.

Alas, what he didn’t know was that the store was owned by his girlfriend’s mother. Shortly after Qin left the store, his potential mother-in-law checked her inventory and discovered that a box of mooncake had been pilfered. And when she returned home, she found the exact same item sitting on her dinner table as a present. She quickly rang the police.

In the face of police inquiries Qin confessed to his crime. Unfortunately he was led off to the police station before he had the chance to ask Zhao’s parents if they consented to the match…

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