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Woman pays for service to rekindle lost love, then learns ex married shortly after breakup

PUBLISHED : Friday, 26 August, 2016, 2:16pm
UPDATED : Friday, 26 August, 2016, 2:16pm

A woman in southwestern China who paid a service to help her reunite with her ex-boyfriend is demanding a refund after she found he had since married, a mainland newspaper reported.

Liu Shanshan, from Chengdu, Sichuan province, spent 7,000 yuan (HK$8.150) on the service before she found her ex-boyfriend had married shortly after they broke up in 2014, the West China Metropolis Daily reported.

The relationship ended after three months and Liu signed a contract with a dating firm in April this year designed to rekindle former love. She found the service online, the report said.

After Liu began her training, she learned of her ex-boyfriend’s marriage.

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According to Liu’s “relationship instruction contract” with the firm, it would provide various services for her, including “helping the pair to reunite” and “achieving personal growth”.

A spokeswoman for the dating firm said it declined Liu’s request for a refund because it had already provided courses and services to her and is not responsible for the ex-boyfriend’s marriage.

The service was an integrated programme designed for Liu’s “personal growth”, the spokeswoman said, and had sent several instructors to tutor her in the past three months.

The firm has offered an additional one-month of instruction for Liu on how to select a suitable partner.