It's the age-old plot of every rom com: Guy meets girl, guy loves girl, guy buys expensive vacation for himself and girl, girl realizes she isn't into guy and says goodbye (which is totally her right), guy can't cancel vacation, guy sells her space on eBay and asks for pics. This is it: The most romantic story of our time.
Jake Dodridge, who has gone viral in the UK since his listing was posted, says that what he's trying to do by selling his ex's spot is "make lemonade" out of the sour and misshapen lemons that life has pelted him with. That's a bold move. For me, the lemonade would be to sell the entire vacation, use the money for a trampoline, or a new vacation that had nothing to do with the ex, or a new trampoline. But you know, everyone's different. Also, why not invite a friend who you know won't kill you instead of inviting a stranger who you have no guarantee won't cut off your skin and wear it like an ugly coat or a last season Kate Spade bag?
Here's the full text of Dodridge's ad, via Stacey Ritzen at Uproxx:
I'm looking for someone to travel to Venice with me. (This isn't something I'd normally do but I'm left with no choice!)
This includes the flight, tickets and hotel stay for four nights!
The hotel is a 4* hotel in San Marco. I'm a 21 year old male and looking for FEMALES ONLY between the ages of 18-30 to join me!
I bought this holiday to Venice and it is non-refundable. I checked and for a small fee a passengers name can be changed.
The flights are from Garwick – San Marco airport.
The trip is from December 3rd and coming back the 7th.
I will need to see a few photos of the bidder to make sure you are between the ages of 18-30!! (will be adding photos of myself later)
Four nights! All for a bid and a photo! And a promise not to be a greedy serial killer looking for a victim and a bargain.
eBay has taken down Dodridge's listing, which was up to a whopping £91,000 before it was removed. OH MY GOD WHAT AM I EVEN DOING WITH MY LIFE?
According to Uproxx, Dodridge is going to be fine, though. As of today, 600 people have asked to be his friend on Facebook. I hope he hits it off with one of them and has the trip of a lifetime and is happy again. (Especially because most of his Facebook photos are of his ex.) (Who seems likes a lovely person.)
Image via eBay (via Uproxx)