By Siukei Cheung
Very fittingly considered a ‘leftover man’, a 38 year old surnamed Gao hired a rental girlfriend to meet his parents for Chinese New Year, before inadvertently knocking her up.
This event occurred last year. Soon after discovering the news that she was pregnant, Xuzhou university student Xie decided to get an abortion. Despite her efforts, Gao refused to split the costs.
This year, knowing that he would return home during the holidays, she went out to meet Gao and was greeted with this staunchly resolute response: “No. I’m not paying because I am a cheapskate. Though I am failing to recognise the fact that it would have been a whole lot more expensive if you had borne the child, I suppose that doesn’t really matter as I certainly would not consider it my own since I am also a huge prick.” (Note: actual response may have differed.)
On February 16, Xie enlisted legal help from Xuzhou Gulou District Judicial Bureau Legal Aid Centre. After considering the case, they concluded that Gao should be held equally accountable for Xie’s pregnancy and she was eventually compensated 3,000 yuan.
With accusations targeting both sides, an overwhelming majority of netizens have labeled the girl as a “modern prostitute”, “truly disgusting”, and “morally degenerate”. A cheery modern fairytale this was not.