One month ago, a woman named Bai He paid a college student 2,500 yuan ($370) to turn a pretty photo of herself into an even prettier oil painting, However, when the artist sent her a photo of the finished work, she was… less than pleased.
Bai said that after she posted the original photo of her on her WeChat moments, a friend encouraged her to pay someone to turn it into a painting. That friend then hooked her up with a student surnamed Dai who was studying at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute and claimed to be learning the art of oil painting.
As a birthday present to herself, Bai agreed to pay Dai and the artist said the painting would be delivered in 10 days. But, when that time came, he claimed that he had been too busy and wasn’t yet finished with the painting. Finally, just two days before Bai’s birthday, he sent her a photo of the finished work.
“I’m not a picky person, but this is just too ugly!” Bai said justifiably in response.
Later, she found out that Dai was just a junior student majoring in traditional Chinese painting, not oil painting, a discipline that he appears to lack talent for.
In the end, Dai agreed to give her back half the money she spent — sending over 1,000 yuan, then 250 yuan and finally another 8.8 yuan. Bai then asked him to mail her the painting, but he claimed that it was lost.
On Weibo, online commenters have been speculating about what Dai meant exactly by sending Bai her refund in such specific way. One of them may have the answer: 1,000 yuan is the refund, then 250 yuan means “you’re an idiot” (“250” can be a Mandarin slang term meaning “stupid”), and, at last, 8.8 yuan means “bye bye” (the Chinese pronunciation of the number eight sounds like the English word “bye”).
The story brings to mind another tragic misuse of money from last year when a Chinese couple spent 190,000 on an incredibly ugly pre-wedding photo shoot in Japan.
By Alex Tang
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