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On Valentine’s Day this year, cinema-goers attending new movie ‘Beijing Love Story’ in Shanghai might have been a little disappointed, unless they were single or out to make friends. A jilted ‘computer nerd’, only known by the initials UR, had bought all the odd numbered seats in one movie theatre, so that couples would be forced to sit apart!
Apparently raising the money through crowd-funding, this guy allegedly taunted the couples he had denied online with the immortal line: “Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Give us singles a chance.”
The response was, apparently, a polarised mixture of praise and criticism: from ‘awesome’ to ‘no wonder you’re single’. It seemed UR had also started a movement of like-minded singletons buying up seats in other theatres.
NewChinaHand would like to put its full support behind this enterprising social commentator, who (at first, and fittingly) single-handedly led the crusade against the omnipresence and commercialisation of this non-festival, ironically by spending a big bunch of money.
Is this the greatest Valentine’s prank ever? Can you think of a better way to punk smoochy couples during the saccharine love-fest? Or is this guy just a total idiot, with too much time and money on his hands?
Let us know. Comments below, or on Facebook.