By Shannon Najmabadi
It is oft-said that love is a fickle game. But when misguided romantic gestures leave the Casanova in question facing jail time, love can seem downright capricious.
So is the case with Xiao Qui, a Guangzhou student convicted of stealing 11,000 yuan from campus dormitories to help pay off his girlfriend’s credit card debts.
According to The Nanfang, Xiao Qui was consequentially given a two and a half year prison sentence. Additionally, his girlfriend ended up dumping him – further underlining the fickleness of love.
On March 15, the Haizhu District People’s Court assigned the tearful Xiao Qui, a 22-year-old student in his senior year at Zhongkai University of Agriculture and Engineering, a 2,000 yuan fine on top of his prison sentence.
According to The Nanfang, Xiao Qui stole money totaling around 11,000 yuan from four dormitories in his building between September 1 and October 18 of last year.
After hearing of his girlfriend’s credit card debts, Xiao Qui decided to aid his damsel in distress – or, more appropriately, his damsel in debt. He initially helped pay off her debts with money he earned from a part-time job at Starbucks and with cash borrowed from friends. However, losing his job pushed Xiao Qui to steal, and he was eventually caught on a security camera and arrested on October 31.
According to The Nanfang, “The court ignored the pleas of Xiao Qui, his parents and his lawyer to give him an opportunity to turn over a new leaf.”
Xiao Qui’s predicament is undeniably deplorable, however let it be a lesson to all the Romeos out there: when trying to impress a woman (or gentleman), avoid illegal shortcuts and stick to traditional methods of wooing – like flowers.