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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Chinese lovers outsource break-ups

What's the best way for a breakup? Well, in China lovers have found a new way. As no one enjoys the pain of ending a relationship, so perhaps it is no wonder that some pragmatic Chinese are now outsourcing the responsibility to a middleman.

At least 40 agents now advertise their skills in gently breaking up couples on Taobao, China's answer to Ebay.
"Get rid of a difficult partner!" advertises one agent. "Keep damage to a minimum," promises another.
For roughly 300 yuan, the equivalent of around £30, the relationship killers offer everything from a soft let-down by phone or email to an active attempt to drive a wedge between lovers.
For those customers who opt for a "platinum" service, an agent will show up in person, perhaps with a small gift to ease the pain.
One agent, based in Zhejiang province, said he had helped around ten couples end their romance. "We have a 100 per cent success rate, or your money back," he said.

In some cases, he said, he had managed to "apply some small techniques to create misunderstanding, or conflict, between a couple and just let that seed grow slowly and naturally until there was a voluntary break-up on both sides".

He said this was a 20-day package: "We create the conflict in ten days, propose a break-up in 15 and complete the deal in 20." The agent, who asked not to be named, said he had also successfully poisoned relationships on behalf of third parties.

"There was one guy who was in love with a girl, but the girl was going out with someone else. He asked me to break them up," he said.

"I charged him 500 yuan when we pulled it off and he gave me some stock market trading software as a gift. I do not know if he eventually managed to get together with that girl though," he added.

"Some people say I have no morals, but I do not think this is a moral issue. I am not using any dirty tactics and this is just business."

For the broken-hearted, there is consolation elsewhere on the Chinese internet, in the shape of websites such as Kaixin Fenshou Wang, or Happy Break-up, which offer forums for up to 1,000 users at any one time to share their misery.

"Guys are very changeable. They say they love you one moment, then they say they don't anymore. I never quarreled with him, it was always a cold war. Then today comes the happy break-up," wrote one user earlier this summer.

News Source: telegraph.co.uk