In China (at least in mainland), it is common that people say 帅哥/美女 to someone to get his/her attention. Example cases:
- If a person wants to use an iPhone charger but someone blocks the outlet and needs attention
- If a person asks a location to a stranger
- If a waiter at cafes wants to get attention from a customer
In these cases it is common to use 帅哥/美女, but I wonder if it is common even if the target is clearly not handsome or beautiful.
I feel that there is little or no connotation of "handsome" or "beautiful" when it comes to using these words as such, but in these cases is it common to use these words even to ugly people? Or is it simply that Chinese definiton of "handsome" or "beautiful" is extremely low?