Free condom to college students with flower purchase
By Echo Shan (chinadaily.com.cn)
Updated: 2006-02-15 15:49
"Roses for a bargain and condoms for free on
Valentine's Day," read striking ads hanging on the doors of many flower shops
adjacent to a Chinese university, reported China Youth Daily.
Nearby florists raked in pink money
after targeting lovelorn students of Fuzhou University in East China's Fujian
Province by offering special treats on lover's day, which has been greatly hyped
by businesspeople in recent years.
A couple of college
student lovers enjoy an impassioned lip-lock
on Valentine's Day. The younger generation of today's
China are more open when it comes
to love expression. [file
Besides getting a free condom, flower buyers also could get a pack of
morning-after pills in a nearby pharmacist for free as well. The business just
skyrockets in Valentine's Day, said a smiling florist.
Many of the customers had no hesitation in showing their college student
identity, giving a thumb up for this condom promotion scheme, praising it as a
considerate "after-sale service."
"Despite possibly being a business publicity stunt, the flower shops' free
condom promotion does no harm to us students at all," a Fuzhou University senior
student surnamed Zhou said when asked about the matter, adding, "the free condom
included among purchased flowers spare us a trip to drugstore, so what's all the
However, most Fuzhou University teachers showed strong disapproval over the
condom distribution, saying "The condom-and-flower sale package kind of drums
for sex among college students. "
Some students also frowned upon this kind of flower promotion, fearing a
tainted image of all Fuzhou students.
However, most of the students showed their benign tolerance, saying that as
college students, they are already adults for whom sex is no longer a taboo, so
the florists' idea was reasonable and deserves no criticism.