A woman in Beijing, China, is recovering after a failed suicide attempt. The cause of her despair comes from the massive amount of debt she got into after buying over eighty cats, having largely relied on online lending platforms.
After borrowing over £100,000 to afford the cats and the care they required, Jing (a pseudonym offered to protect her anonymity) suffered near constant harassment by debt collectors. It began in February this year (this year? She spent all that money in less than a year?) when she bought her first cat for 2000 yuan (about £230 or $300).
After that she continued to buy from the same online source, spending over 10,000 yuan on one cat at a time. A quick Google reveals that to be roughly… $1500 or £1150 on a single cat?
Jing soon turned to online lenders and since many online sellers let her buy cats on credit she soon began wracking larger and larger amounts of debt. She soon quit her job to care of the cats full time and, at the peak of her addiction with 81 cats, she was spending millions of yuan (or about hundreds of thousands of dollars) to feed the cats and provide the necessary care for them.
Once this debt reached crippling levels Jing tried to sell the cats but was disheartened to find out that the most all of them would fetch her was just 4000 yuan or about (two minutes, need to google again) £460 or $600. Which is something of a loss, when you think about it.
Under these circumstances Jing felt it necessary to attempt to suicide. Thankfully it wasn’t successful and authorities now report that she is in hospital and recovering from her injuries.
We at DigZoo would love to know what you guys think about this. Is it a sad story about a woman clearly struggling with mental health issues and a bizarre addiction? Or is it just the story of a woman who’s a bit mad? Is she reaping the rewards of her own poor decision making? Or should we offer sympathy to someone who’s had a hard time? Let us know in the comments below!