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Last Updated: Monday, 27 June, 2005, 20:43 GMT 21:43 UK
Date stall man's 'life changed'
Jeremy Butler
Mr Butler said the weekend had changed his outlook on life
A man who set up a stall on a busy high street to advertise for a girlfriend says his faith in human nature has been restored by the experience.

Self-confessed cynic Jeremy Butler, 32, did not get a negative comment during his 18 hours on Crouch End High Street in north London at the weekend.

He says he was congratulated on his courage by members of both sexes.

Mr Butler got a whopping 93 phone numbers, and has already gone out on a date with one woman.

The 32-year-old has not had a serious girlfriend since moving to London four years ago and said he found people in the city unapproachable.

So he decided to take a more direct approach, handing out fliers and standing next to a 3m-tall banner reading: "Girlfriend wanted, apply here".

He told BBC News: "I had got to the point, not just with women, where I was so disappointed with people's reactions when I spoke to them but the experience just shattered them.

"People went out of their way to talk to me, and seemed genuinely interested in it.

"It really has changed my outlook on life."

On his list of telephone numbers he said: "It definitely beats going down the pub".

Mr Butler says his confidence has been boosted and he even managed to get one number when he went to the pub on the Saturday night.

'Girlfriend wanted: Apply here'
24 Jun 05 |  London


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