Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, is an old English saying meaning that when a women is upset, you better watch out. Such was the experience of the Canadian company Amara Wedding and its owner, Kitty Chan.
Canadian bride (of Chinese origin), Ms Emily Liao had hired Ms Chan (also of Chinese origin) to photograph her July 4, 2015, wedding and to provide a package of services valued at just over $6,000. However, days before the ceremony, Ms Liao disapproved of the pre-wedding photos and stopped payment.
Amara Wedding still provided all the makeup, hair, photography, flower and master of ceremony services just as Ms Chan had promised in the contract with the couple even though she never received payment.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">“In a series of posts on English and Chinese-language social media platforms, Ms Liao accused Amara Wedding and its owner, Kitty Chan, of a ‘bait and switch scam’, ‘dirty tactics’, and ‘lying to consumers’, according to court documents.”<br>So just Chinese being Chinese <a href="https://t.co/u2nCo9Vsaq">https://t.co/u2nCo9Vsaq</a></p>— FZ (@fzz87) <a href="https://twitter.com/fzz87/status/969374640068939776?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 2, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Ms Liao, still upset about being asked to make payment even though she claimed the pre-wedding pictures were of questionable quality, then continued by attacking the business owner's integrity "with all her might" via social media.
In fact, bride Emily Liao spent almost a full year posting disparaging comments on Facebook, Weibo and other social media sites.
Amara Wedding began to suffer financially after Ms Liao launched her online campaign, urging her friends on Facebook and Weibo to do the same.
The owners of Amara Wedding saw no other option but to close the business in January 2017.
However, the case came before a Canadian court this week where British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Gordon Weatherill said that Ms Liao "failed to prove that her displeasure was justified" and convicted her to paying $115k to the Chan family.
Ms Chan said she was happy with the verdict but said the damage to the business had already been done: "What I have lost has already gone, so I don't think anything can compensate that."
"I want to prove to people that they have to face any consequences when they say something on the internet."
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