Student Who Asked Potential Tinder Dates To Send Her Poems Says 'Romance Is Dead'
A student who asked potential Tinder and Bumble matches to woo her with poems for a Valentine's Day date has come to a disappointing - but not even remotely surprising - conclusion, declaring 'romance is dead' after receiving a string of weird and seedy responses.
English Literature undergraduate George Arkley, 20, said she'd go on a Valentine's Day date to the sender of the 'most romantic poem', but as the efforts were either weak or all-out creepy, she had to go back on her word.
George, who studies at the University of Leeds, decided to use dating apps Tinder and Bumble for her social experiment, receiving everything from pledges of everlasting love through to, erm, death threats.
While some bowed out almost immediately, with one straight-talker telling her 'I'm not Shakespeare... Fuck this I'm going', others went for something a lot more worrying.
The most concerning response read: "Roses are red, violets are blue. Love me today, or I'll kill you."
Well that's not disturbing at all.
Someone else also decided to avoid the romance altogether, writing creepily: "I wish I was your mirror, hanging on your wall. Cos every time you get undressed, guess who'd see it all?"
Another said: "Violets are blue, roses are thorny. Be my valentine, cos I am horny."
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D'awww, stop it! No, seriously, stop it.
Another person clearly couldn't handle the pressure and just copied and pasted the chorus from classic Enrique Iglesias love song 'Hero'. Nice try.
George, whose story first appeared on student news site The Tab, said: "It's Valentine's Day and I'm bored of waiting for boys to up their graft and ask me out on a date.
"It's time to take matters into our own hands ladies, and start asking them out first.
"As punishment for their truly shocking flirting skills, I asked boys on Tinder and Bumble to send me their finest poetry.
"I want to be romanced with roses, Shakespeare and a cheeky bottle of Prosecco but seeing as that is clearly too much to ask in 2019, I decided to play the boys at their own game.
"I told them to send me their most romantic poem and, if I liked it, I would go on a date with them."
One guy went for a slightly more desperate approach, claiming George's message and picture had turned his 'boring life' around - also channelling his inner Wordsworth to describe her as having 'hair of golden curls' and 'a smile to rival the brightest pearls'.
But that didn't cut the mustard, either, and after going through all of her replies, George declared: "That's it, I'm deleting Tinder and Bumble for the ten millionth time."
Looks like she might be spending the night alone this evening...
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