Woman in China forced to foot the bill for a $44,000 jade bracelet she accidentally dropped and broke in a jewellery store in China’s Yunnan province
Yunnan,June29:Seeing ‘you break it you buy it’ sign in stores is not just a friendly reminder to be careful while handling merchandise. A woman in China learnt this lesson in consumer liability the hard way when she was forced to foot the bill for a $44,000 (that’s Rs 28,36,460) jade bracelet she accidentally dropped and broke in a jewellery store in China’s Yunnan province.
The woman was trying on the jade bracelet at a store and then decided to inquire about its price, while still wearing it. The astronomical figure induced a panic attack and she hastily attempted to take it off. But, in her haste, she dropped it, breaking it into two pieces, according to Daily Mail.
The realisation of the impending payment proved to be too overwhelming for her as, moments later, she fainted.
According to a report in NDTV, the woman was taken to a nearby hospital where she recovered. “She fainted because of the shock, but fortunately she is fine after having emergency treatment in hospital,” said Lin Wei, one of the shop’s owners.
Considering the financial conditions of the woman, the shop owners negotiated a compensated price. According to a Shanghaiist report, the woman’s family agreed to pay 70,000 yuan (Rs 6,65,672) for the bracelet, though many on the internet argued that the jewellery item’s price was bloated and was not even worth that much.