One woman’s big day didn’t quite go as planned when she discovered that the more than 200 friends and relatives of her fiancé that had shown up to their wedding were not who they claimed to be.
A local TV news station interviewed some of the groom’s guests at the large-scale banquet in Xi’an. Two young women confessed to the reporter that they didn’t know who the groom was at all, they had just been promised 80 yuan for showing up.
The call for wedding attendees appears to have spread through both WeChat and word of mouth. One pedicab driver told reporters that after he heard about the offer of free food and 80 RMB for attending the banquet, he gathered up five people from his village and headed to town.
In total, the groom surnamed Wang managed to amass over 200 “friends,” most of them students and migrant workers looking to make a quick buck.
Unfortunately for him, his bride-to-be, surnamed Liu, began to catch on to his deception. She talked to some of the guests and found that none of them were family members. They all simply claimed that they were “friends” of the groom without providing any additional explanation.
The bride also started to become suspicious when the groom’s parents still hadn’t arrived. Wang kept checking his phone and telling her that they were on their way, but eventually his web of lies collapsed and the bride’s family called the cops who took Wang away on suspicion of fraud.
Wang reportedly told police that he had hired hundreds of “friends” for his wedding because his parents didn’t approve of him marrying Liu who was from out of town.
However, Liu said that in the several years that they had been dating, this issue had never came up. She now believes that the people she met who Wang claimed to be his parents were in fact paid actors as well.
As for why Liu apparently isn’t familiar with any of her fiancé’s friends, the woman explained that they lived very separate lives and kept different circles of friends.
Watch a television news report on the bizarre incident below:
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