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Pictures paint the wrong words for elderly Chinese couple

Husband and wife married for 45 years fork out for romantic photos on a dream cruise, but end up ‘wanting to burn them’ because of the poor quality

PUBLISHED : Friday, 12 May, 2017, 3:52pm
UPDATED : Friday, 12 May, 2017, 7:48pm

An elderly Chinese couple have been left fuming after romantic photos they ordered on a cruise turned out to be not at all what they expected.

Zhu Ge, 76, and his 70-year-old wife booked a cruise over the Lunar New Year holiday in February, and as part of the package were given time with a professional photographer, local media outlet Shenzhen Dashijian reported.

The couple, who have been married for 45 years, wore wedding clothes for the shoot, posing against the ocean backdrop and gazing into each other’s eyes. But after seeing the first photos, the wife complained she looked fat.

Assured by the photographer that the pictures would be touched up in the studio, they ordered 29 images at a total cost of 3,480 yuan (US$504), according to the report.

However when the album arrived, two months late, Zhu was so upset with the pictures that he thought about burning them, the report said.

“The photographer has left me dumbfounded,” Zhu wrote in a WeChat message to the company, which was posted online.

The couple have asked for a refund, but the photography company refused.

Chinese netizens also took aim at the quality of the photos.

“A photo taken with a phone is better than this,” wrote one Weibo user. Another questioned the location, writing, “Is this not taken in front of a painting?”

One was less sympathetic, however.

The photos were selected by the couple, why didn’t they complain at the time?”