A 23-year-old man in eastern China recovered the 2 million yuan (roughly $315,000) “break-up fee” he gave his ex-girlfriend after she abandoned the cash because it was not enough.
The story begins on the night of May 6 when two women arrived at a bar in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. Both appeared to be in their 20s and dressed well.
Employees at the bar said that they ordered drinks before a tall, young man who carried a silver-gray suitcase joined them. But just as midnight approached, the trio started arguing, according to Sina News.
The man then left the scene, leaving both women and his suitcase. The women also left moments later, leaving the suitcase behind.
Eventually, employees discovered the suitcase and reported it to their manager, who then called the police.
Authorities responded and took the suitcase, revealing that it contained bundles of 100 yuan notes adding up to 2 million yuan ($314,965.60).
The manager summoned the police once again in the morning of May 7, when a young man came looking for the suitcase, Xinhua reported.
The man, who arrived at the police station in a Rolls-Royce, was identified to be 23 and employed in the information technology sector. He revealed that one of the two women was his ex-girlfriend who sought for a “break-up fee” of 5 million yuan ($787,377).
“I broke up with my girlfriend. She asked me for five million yuan as a ‘break-up fee.’ I used the luggage to bring two million in cash. I met her at the bar and told her that I only brought two million. Then I left,” he told the police.
Apparently, the sum he delivered was not enough, so his ex-girlfriend left it at the bar. She called him later to inform that she did not take the money.
“He said that he only gave me two million yuan. I didn’t want it, so I left. Then I called him and said I didn’t want the money and let him get it back. That’s it,” the woman explained after being summoned.
Authorities reportedly fell silent after hearing both accounts. The man recovered the money after verifying his identity.
Chinese netizens weighed in:
“Poverty limits my imagination.”
“Give me two million and I will not bother you again.”
“Let the parents of both parties come to the bar for a good meal.”