An Australian man who found the ‘girl of his dreams’ in a supermarket is on an Internet hunt to find her, but a lot of people are finding it creepy.
Brok Neilson, from the Gold Coast in Queensland, claimed he experienced love at first sight when he spotted a mystery brunette in the produce section of a Woolworths supermarket.
What started out as a Facebook post has quickly turned into a viral Internet campaign to find the woman. And while some might swoon at the prospect, the ordeal has mostly faced heavy backlash, with most people saying it encourages cyber stalking.
On Monday, Brok Neilson’s friend, Blake Mitchell Nicholls, took to Facebook to ask the supermarket chain if they could help with finding the mystery woman. All they really knew about her was what she looked like from the back and that she was shopping for mushrooms.
The post soon culminated in an online campaign to find her, with the appropriate hashtag, #HopeForBrok. Basically, the post gathered so much publicity from the thousands of likes and shares that it attracted a (pretty punny) reply from the supermarket chain.
Brok came back with an equally pun-heavy reply:
Thank you Woolworths for your kind words and although I did chick-en out this time. I’ll be making sure not to make a meal of it the second time around.
My intentions are completely honourable. Hopefully I can butter her up and curry her favour by keeping it fresh in the produce section. #HopeForBrok
Long story short, the viral campaign got a whole lot of backlash after this.
This is just demented and creepy. https://t.co/fTSH8T6Ch7
— Peter Brent (@mumbletwits) April 13, 2016
This is bordering on sexual harassment. How is she the girl of your dreams if you didn't speak to her, mate? https://t.co/wBY8bKXhlP
— Gabrielle Jackson (@gabriellecj) April 13, 2016
I hate hate hate HATE these kinds of stories – media enabling men's sense of entitlement over women they don't know https://t.co/vcW3XcnGEV
— Elle Hunt (@mlle_elle) April 13, 2016
'How sweet. A man took a photo of a girl w/o her knowing & now cyber stalks her for a date. True love.'https://t.co/W10KddObBZ
— AB Film Review (@ABFilmReview) April 13, 2016
— Tim Watts (@TimWattsMP) April 13, 2016
One person pointed out that it may even be a marketing stunt:
— Patrick Williams (@PatrickWilliams) April 13, 2016
Brok later posted on his Facebook page that ‘mystery brunette’s friend’ came to meet him, and confirmed that her friend was the one in the photo. Turns out though, she’s married.
Poor guy. But the question that remains as the story continues to steal the Internet’s attention is, is it really OK to take a photo of a woman and post it online without her consent?
No, probably not.