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When it comes to vacations, John Whitbread is all in.
You can’t get a refund on romance, but after dropping a couple grand on a Caribbean honeymoon only to see his wedding plans crumble, 32-year-old John Whitbread hopes eBay can help him make the best of a sad situation.
“I was gutted when she said she didn’t want to get married,” said the U.K. resident of Amy, his long-term girlfriend, in comments to the Telegraph, “but I realized I couldn’t mope forever and I didn’t want what I’d already paid to the holiday to go to waste.” Hence #girlfromthepublictodominicanrepublic, a hashtag campaign through which the brick plant worker is seeking another female companion for his two-week, all-expenses-paid vacation at a four-star resort in the Dominican Republic.
His eBay listing for the ticket, then, doubles as something of a dating profile. He lists his height and build, noting that he’s “not boring … otherwise I wouldn’t be doing something as ridiculous as this.” He boasts “sharp moves on that dance floor” and the lack of a criminal record, “although sometimes I should be locked away for my snoring.”
Bidding had climbed as high as £1,020 before the auction had to be reset for technical reasons, and so Whitbread is promising to donate any money raised beyond the £1,050 mark to a testicular cancer charity. “Everyone’s saying I’ve got balls to do this,” he remarked in a YouTube post this morning, “and I think that seems pretty appropriate.”
As of this writing, Whitbread has attracted 30 bids, the latest standing at £710 (approximately $1,080). Sounds like he’s found himself a few kindred spirits—or some scuba divers, anyway.
Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions, and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'