Planet China

Bridal ring

He wasn’t the apple of her eye. That must be the immediate conclusion after a disastrous marriage proposal in Guangzhou on Singles’ Day, when a man chose to pledge his love to his girlfriend surrounded by 99 iPhone 6s.

Photographs show the love struck-chap standing in the middle of a heart-shaped design of handsets, holding out a bunch of flowers. But she wasn’t interested, rebuffing his offer.

Netizen responses were mixed. “I hope someone offers me an iPhone 6 to express his love,” suggested one. “Just one phone would be enough to make me happy.” Others calculated that the phones in the love heart would have cost the man at least two years of his salary. “And we don’t even know how the girl would have used them all,” marvelled another contributor, missing the point somewhat.

Jane Austen-types took a sterner view. “Although people demonstrate affection in different ways, I think that expressing love like this is unnecessarily materialistic,” a third netizen counselled. “True love is the most solid foundation of a relationship.”

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