When an Aussie dude spotted the girl of his dreams in a Woolies in Queensland, his friend took to the Internet to find her for him.
While many found the gesture romantic – many of my own friends shared the post with loved up emoticons paired with captions of aaaaah’s and oooooh’s – others found it creepy.
After taking a picture of the girl while she browsed the aisle, Blake Mitchell Nicholls posted the picture to Australian Woolworths Facebook page, requesting that the supermarket help them locate the brunette. It soon spiraled into an online campaign to reunite the two.
I was at Woolworths (Q Super Centre) this evening at 7:38pm (AEST) with my friend Brok buying fresh produce to make butter chicken when he’s glanced over at the girl of his dreams. Girl buying mushrooms if you read this, we will be in this section every night at 7:38pm until we meet again.
While the original post gathered thousands of likes, comments, and shares of support, it even coaxed a heavy pun reply from the supermarket itself:
Next time tell Brok not be chicken, just rice up and say hello! We hear love grows in the produce department.
However, others were not impressed. The Guardian’s Elle Hunt took aim at not only the act of taking the photo and sharing it, but also the media for reporting “on every bozo’s bid for internet infamy”:
Whether or not these stories have ‘happy endings’ is sort of beside the point: women have a right to be in public spaces (and private ones!) without being co-opted into some bloke’s bid for ‘love’ or likes.
She wasn’t the only one:
Please, there are worse things.
Despite all the criticism, the saga continues. The photographed girl’s friend met Brok at the supermarket to see if he is a creep. They plan to meet up but who knows what will happen:
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