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Tuesday 29 July 2014

Bitter single man scuppers Valentine’s Day for cinema-goers

By Aishling Phelan

Published 14/02/2014|11:41

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WEIFANG, CHINA - FEBRUARY 13:  (CHINA OUT) Bouquets of roses are displayed for sale at a flower shop on February 13, 2014 in Weifang, China.  (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
Bouquets of roses are displayed for sale at a flower shop in Weifang, China.

A LOVESICK single man has sabotaged couples’ Valentine’s Day plans by deliberately booking every second seat at a cinema to stop them sitting together.

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The bitter singleton decided he wanted to ruin the most romantic evening on the calendar for cinema-goers hoping to watch a love flick.

 

Couples hoping to cuddle up in front of a special screening of “Beijing Love Story” found their plans thwarted at a Shanghai cinema.

 

The Chinese man had split up with his girlfriend last year and wanted to express his resentment towards loved-up couples celebrating the day.

 

“Want to see a movie on Valentine’s Day? Sorry, you’ll have to sit separately,” he reportedly bragged on an online forum. “Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Give us singles a chance.”

 

He bought tickets to ensure there were no two seats together and encouraged other singletons to do the same, beginning an online campaign.

 

More love-starved online users started deliberately booking all of the odd-numbered seats in one theatre at the Xintiandi cinema complex.

 

 This made it impossible for movie-lovers to find seats together.

 

The anonymous man, known only by the initials “UP”, had singlehandedly attempted to reserve every other seat in the cinema over the internet.

 

When that cunning plan failed, he went to the cinema’s box office.

 

Online ticket limits and suspicious cinema staff forced the self-described nerd to rethink his plan.

 

He used his computer to recruit a group of likeminded online accomplices and set up a crowd-funding site that was used to pool resources and book the tickets.

 

Satisfied that he had ruined the evening, “UP” posted an online message to taunt couples telling them they will have to sit separately.

 

In an interview with the Shanghai Morning Post, he attempted to defuse the potential fury of frustrated boyfriends.

 

“I hope all lovers understand this is just a small joke,” he told the newspaper.

 

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