A Hong Kong model allegedly stole a man’s phone on their first date after he refused to pay for her $25,800 shopping spree at Chanel.
The 23-year-old woman, Yuen Ching-ching, claimed that the man had given her the phone before she threw it into the ocean when they parted ways. On Thursday, the High Court ruled on the case involving the 28-year-old cook, identified as Lam, who reported the woman to police two days after their date when she refused to give him back his phone.
According to the South China Morning Post, Lam and Yuen had met through a mutual friend and arranged to meet on a date in Causeway Bay on Dec. 9, 2014. As they took a stroll, Yuen told her date that her mother’s birthday was soon approaching and suggested they go pick out a present for her.
The man agreed, and the two stopped by a Chanel shop where Yuen picked out an expensive handbag, a pair of earrings and a necklace. Yuen asked Lam to pay when they approached the register, but he refused, saying the $25,800 Chanel bill was over his card limit.
The court was told that Yuen then asked to borrow Lam’s phone to call her brother to foot the bill claiming her phone battery had died. While talking on the phone, Yuen stepped out of the store and never came back.
Lam attempted to reach the woman to ask for his phone back, but she ignored him completely. The man filed a police report two days later.
Deputy Judge Douglas Yau Tak-hong, who presided over the case, wrote:
“She was angry with Lam for not paying the bill. She destroyed it and threw it into the sea to punish Lam.”
Yuen was charged for theft and her appeal was dismissed. Her original sentence involved one year of probation and $927 in compensation for Lam.