Men renting out girlfriends to bring home for the Spring Festival is nothing unique, but this method of payment is.
One man, identified as Xiao Wang, decided to bring a lady friend with him as he headed home early for the Chinese New Year so as to avoid the usual inquisition from family members. He even pretended that she was pregnant with his child so that they’d get off his back about wanting grandchildren.
Xiao Wang’s parents gave the couple some hongbao filled with cash as a blessing for the happy new family. Unfortunately, the money wasn’t used quite so wholesomely. Xiao Wang and the woman pocketed the red envelopes and went to stock up on some good ol’ crystal meth.
They were arrested by police, and Wang’s non-girlfriend confessed that the whole thing was a scam. According to Tomo News, the two were drug buddies and he’d promised to pay her with meth if she went home and posed as his girlfriend. Romance.