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NewChinaHand: The Scratch

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We’ve all been there: you really want something… no, try harder: you REALLY want something! And for whatever reason the only thing between you and that thing is a loved one. Someone who now has the opportunity to show their unconditional love for you with a simple purchase. Just a small transaction in a beautiful relationship.

Yup, we’ve all been there, mostly in kindergarten and primary school, where that ‘loved one’ was an ostensibly tight-fisted parent, who had actually realised the teenage mutant ninja turtle action figure you craved was actually an overpriced piece of crap that wouldn’t even survive the journey home (or believed that barbie was an inappropriate toy only made to ‘satisfy the male gaze’, as argued in a certain British newspaper this week).

But what if it happened to you now? Not with a parent, but a significant other. What would you do? You couldn’t possibly kick and scream, no?

Well, it’s delightful to see those kindergarten skills have been fully retained in at least one part of the world, as reports (and dramatic video footage) from an auto show in Guangzhou, China, suggest a lady taking her key to a car with the aim of forcing her husband to buy it for her.

You break it, you buy it, right?

Apparently, the lady in question was jealous of her husband’s good looks (how does that work?) and so thought she deserved the car (ditto). In a fit of uncontrollable childishness, she did the only logical thing for an adult four year old: keyed the car. And cried.

I, for one, find her bold approach inspiring. Mindless vandalism in the name of acquisition has such deep psychological significance that I can’t. even. handle. it. right. now. and neither, apparently, could the poor, beleaguered husband, who, in the latter part of the clip, relies on security to remove his beloved from the scene.

But surely the lady in question has never heard of touch-up paint? Or even correction fluid? Hopefully, for the gentleman, he has.

What do we think about this consumer reverse psychology? A trend destined to take off, or evidence of moral breakdown? Have you yourself had any experience of such buffoonery? Do share!

And let’s hope next time she doesn’t want a puppy.


5 comments on “NewChinaHand: The Scratch

  1. Ferret Head
    December 16, 2013

    I just mentioned this to my wife. She said, “Very good!.”

    • NewChinaHand
      December 16, 2013

      Stay away from motor shows for the time being…

      (And pet shops)

  2. Mr.j
    December 16, 2013

    Well let’s hope she doesn’t try this trick on you!!!


  3. Ferret Head
    December 16, 2013

    I hope my wife don’t try scratching me! We are way past that.

    • NewChinaHand
      December 16, 2013

      Ha ha! That’s gonna be a different article…

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