A woman has sparked debate after revealing she once set up 16 dates in a row just so she could eat.
Most people will sympathise with money struggles when you're at university. You make the best with what you have: instant noodles most nights; rummaging through the reduced section for a smorgasbord of snacks; and eating 'meals' your parents would scoff at.
However, one TikToker's method of getting some food has been branded 'genius' by some viewers: she simply went on dates.
Earlier in March, McCall Brock (@mccall_brock) shared a short video on TikTok, with the text reading: "In college when I ran out of money for food I went on a dating app and for 16 days I had 16 dinner dates in a row… girl gotta eat."
The implications are obvious, but in the off chance you don't understand: she went on dates with the hope that the guys would pay for the meal, as some would still consider traditional.
She also wrote: "To clarify all these men asked me out on dates."
The video has amassed more than 1.6 million views and thousands of comments, with one writing: "No this is just called being a genius."
Another commented: "People do this even if they have money to feed themselves. So honestly… not that crazy lol."
A third wrote: "She was a business woman doing business." A fourth wrote: "Legit did this for two weeks once when all my money was stolen after payday. Doggy bags were my friend."
A fifth commented: "I did this for about 6 months in my mid 20s. Making sure I would reach in my purse to make it seem like I’m going to pull out my wallet."
Naturally, some people aren't convinced it's a particularly fair approach to dating.
"I never did this I feel like it’s using them especially if their feelings are getting involved. I worked two jobs in university," one user wrote.
Another wrote: "I sure do love using people quality pastime." A third commented: "It's okay for you to waste their time?" while a fourth commented: "I’ve heard other girls say they do this for free dinners. Makes you think why bother anymore."
Others have issued some advice to those trying to make ends meet while studying: work in hospitality.
One wrote: "Get a job at a restaurant work everyday and then you get money and free food trust me it works."