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There’s such a fine line between romantic and creepy.
Everyone who’s used Tinder knows that sometimes, you accidentally swipe in a direction you didn’t intend. Sometimes this means you embarrassingly have to admit that you made a mistake and you’re not interested. Other times, it means you feel like you might have missed out on meeting someone interesting. Either way, most people shrug it off and move on. After all, it’s Tinder, and there’s always another person just a swipe away.
Hayden Moll, it seems, is not most people. He’s a student at Missouri State University in Springfield. When he accidentally swiped left on a woman he was interested in, he decided he had to find her—so he emailed everyone at his school who shared her name. It’s certainly a bit of an extreme plan, but one that appears to have worked.
THIS GUY LITERALLY EMAILED EVERY CLAUDIA AT MISSOURI STATE TO FIND ME ON TINDER pic.twitter.com/x8tQuYmj8Q
— Claud (@claudiaaIIey) January 20, 2018
Luckily for Moll, he fell for a girl named Claudia (if her name had been Jessica, he’d probably still be sending out emails).
Twitter seems pretty divided on whether this move was a sweet romantic gesture or creepy AF.
A modern day Cinderella story https://t.co/qQiRQrmmKP
— bjärk (@TrueMorse) January 21, 2018
Not sure if he's an awkeard legend or a new level of wild creep but amazing
— Duck! Duck? duck? GOOSE!! (@shroud_1) January 20, 2018
I can’t wait for Disney to make a movie about this!!! https://t.co/kOtzbvhYRD
— Austin (@TheSchwak) January 21, 2018
That was a sweet message he wrote. He went the extra mile but also gave you the opportunity to say no without feeling bad.
— Tradia (@amalieskram) January 22, 2018
No. People are seeing a grand gesture. I’m seeing borderline stalking.
— Anna Slaughter (@dominodragonfly) January 22, 2018
Ok let's put this into different prospective and add some context
A) "I missed an opportunity to say hi if you don't wanna say hi it's cool" <— not creepy
B) "Hey your names Claudia I wanna lick your toes and rub peanut butter in your hair" <— creepy
— Vahri (@VahriTV) January 22, 2018
In his defense, Moll said it’s no big deal if she’s not interested—but that they could “totally get donuts or something” if she wanted to go out. On the other hand, Tinder offers a premium service for $20 that would have allowed him to go back and swipe right, which would have seemed a little less desperate. Either way, the fact that he passed on that option, and that his date idea is getting donuts, implies that Claudia’s potential beau isn’t going to be taking her to a lot of five-star restaurants.
Of course, the question on everyone’s mind is whether they ended up going out.
It’s been four hours and I’m stressing out by the fact that I don’t know if she swiped left or right.
— Tania can't come to the twitta. Why? Cuz she dead. (@TFeyVV) January 22, 2018
we need answers. did you message him left of right? did you get doughnuts? are you in love??? would he rather have one of your friends? answers claudia answers!!!
— devon chrisman (@dchrizzle_) January 21, 2018
Did you message him back with "right" or "left"?
— Mikayla Duncan (@mikaylashea26) January 20, 2018
So far, neither of the would-be-couple has commented on their status, so it seems we’ll all have to wait to find out if they’re getting married—or if Claudia is filing a restraining order.
David Britton is a writer and comedian based in Rhinebeck, New York who focuses on internet culture, memes, and viral news stories. He also writes for the Hard Times and is the creator of StoriesAboutWizards.com.