It hurts to get dumped. But the way in which this sorority girl reacted to the bad news was amazing. All she needed was a Tinder account and a pair of once-in-a-lifetime tickets and soon enough, her story went totally viral. And when you read about her plan, you’ll understand why.
Emma Vowell is a teenager from the U.S. Recently, she caused a social media storm because of something hilarious that she did. The whole story started when something not funny at all happened to Vowell: she got dumped by her boyfriend.
But Vowell, a student at Purdue University in Indiana, never saw the break up coming. She had been preparing for his birthday in just a matter of days’ time and had even bought him the gift of a lifetime. But because he ended the relationship, her ex never received the generous present.
Unfortunately for Vowell, the gift wasn’t something that she could simply return to the store to get her money back. It was more of an experiential present — something that plenty of people would absolutely love to do. What Vowell had actually bought her ex was two skydiving tickets.
But now that the relationship was no longer official, Vowell was left with the tickets and no one to go with. However, the college student wasn’t prepared to give them away because she still wanted to go skydiving herself. That’s when she came up with a genius plan.
However, the question was: who was she going to take on her skydiving adventure now that she was single? As it turns out, Vowell knew of one place where she might be able to find a replacement date at short notice. That was on the dating app Tinder.
So, Vowell decided to log on and have some fun with it. First of all, she updated her profile on her Tinder account in order to explain her predicament. It all started with the following words, “Interesting story…”
After which, Vowell continued to detail exactly what her situation was. “My ex broke up with me the week of his birthday, so now I awkwardly have two skydiving tickets above the Chicago skyline that expire in November,” she wrote.
In order to reassure potential suitors that this wasn’t just a desperate plea for a date, Vowell added, “Just looking for a hot guy to go with instead.” She went on to explain that she wasn’t at all interested in a romantic development between herself and her future skydiving buddy.
Before long, Vowell’s Tinder inbox lit up. She had messages from various guys, but one in particular stood out. As fate would have it, it was from someone who went to the same university as her. What’s more, luckily for Vowell, he just happened to be pretty hot, too.
The guy’s name was Austin Bates and he was 22 years old. Bates expressed a strong desire to go on the skydiving adventure with Vowell, but she wasn’t prepared to give away the tickets too easily. Bates tried to pin her down by asking, “What are your requirements to take someone on this skydiving adventure?”
“Just need it to be someone interesting,” Vowell replied, before stating that he would need to send her a cover letter to the email address that she provided. Then, all that was left for her to do was wait for the all-important missive to arrive in her inbox.
The next day, it appeared. Bates sent Vowell a full-blown cover letter addressed to “Ms Emma,” and it was utterly brilliant. “I recently saw your advertisement on the dating application Tinder, and am very interested in filling the position you had listed,” Bates wrote in a jokey-formal manner.
Then, he detailed all the ways in which he would repay Vowell for the skydiving ticket. These included free rides in his car, a free pass to pet his dog and personal training sessions. Vowell was overwhelmed by Bates’ dedication to the cause and took to Twitter to share her thoughts.
First, Vowell tweeted about Bates’ application, asking her followers if she should pick him to come skydiving or not. Most people told Vowell that she should, mainly because of his lengthy cover letter that had clearly taken a lot of time and effort.
So, after taking the advice from her online community, Vowell contacted Bates to give him the good news that he had been selected as her skydiving buddy. Then, ahead of the dive, which was due to take place on October 28, 2017, the two students met up for a coffee.
Before their meeting, Vowell let slip that she had actually received about 50 resumes in total but had chosen to stick with Bates. And it sounded like she made the right call. Vowell described her Tinder date as “so good looking” and a “super easy going guy,” according to a report in The Sun from September 2017.
Meanwhile, the story was going totally viral on Twitter. It started as something that was only meant to be a joke among her friends, but it suddenly became a lot bigger. People started to retweet the story and soon both Vowell and Bates even had job offers from Tinder.
“Tinder did offer me a job to be one of their campus reps, which is crazy to me. I’m waiting to hear more about it before I officially accept,” Vowell explained to Huffington Post UK. Not only have the two attracted attention from potential employers, but they’ve also found themselves in the spotlight for another reason.
That’s because plenty of people online have said that the two of them should date. In fact, even some of Vowell’s sorority sisters have threatened to date Bates if she chooses not to. But it’s still early days for the two thrill-seeking students, and for now they’re probably recovering from the sky dive itself.