"I can't even find one boyfriend. She can actually find 20 boyfriends at the same time and even get them to buy her an iPhone 7," one person commented.
Buying a house is seen as one of the most expensive and most important decisions of adult life. It typically takes months of planning and saving up, but this woman from China managed to skip the part where she had to save up and went straight to buying a house in a way, which not many would be pleased.
It was a colleague of the Chinese woman who shared the story under the name 'Proud Qiaoba' on a blogging platform known as Tian Ya Yi Du forum, according to BBC. Proud Qiaoba narrated the tale of her colleague, referred to as Xiaoli, who is now infamous for the way she locked down her new house.
The colleague wrote that Xiaoli managed to juggle between 20 boyfriends and successfully convinced every single one of them to buy her the latest iPhone 7, which had just launched at the time. Later, she sold all the expensive phones that she had collected on a recycling website called Hui Shou Bao for about $17,000 (120,000 Chinese yuan). Then, she used the money as the deposit amount for a house.
"Everyone in the office is talking about this now," wrote Proud Qiaoba, "Who knows what her boyfriends think now this news has become public."
When Xiaoli showed her new house in the countryside to her friends, they were naturally surprised at how she managed to pull it off. Xiaoli isn't from a well-off family and has financial issues of her own. But people can't help but be shocked at how she managed to lure 20 boyfriends into her masterplan.
Xiaoli "is not from a wealthy family. Her mum is a housewife and her dad is a migrant worker, and she is the oldest daughter," Proud Qiaoba said. Adding to her familial and financial problems is the fact that house prices in China are climbing higher.
Proud Qiaoba added, "Her parents are getting old and she might be under a lot of pressure hoping to buy them a house... But it's still unbelievable that she could use this method!"
What makes her plan sound even more ingenious is that the iPhone 7 had only released last September, according to the New York Post, showing how Xiaoli wasted absolutely no time.
Her story received a number of opinions from social media users of China's microblogging site Sina Weibo. One user said, "I can't even find one boyfriend. She can actually find 20 boyfriends at the same time and even get them to buy her an iPhone 7. Just want to ask her to teach me such skills."
The story was so unusual that the translated hashtag, '20 mobiles for a house' was used about 13 million times and reached almost every corner of the social media website.
When the company, Hui Shou Bao, was later asked about the incident, a spokesperson confirmed to BBC Trending that they had bought 20 iPhones from a female client, who declined their request to speak about it.
"Her day-to-day life has been affected (from the local media attention) and she doesn't want the media to continue covering this story," the company said, "so she has turned down your interview request."
While some say that her plan was questionable, several agree that it was a clever way of getting herself the house she wanted.