Friday, April 9, 2010

A funny 'love story' with bad ending

A Dutch newspaper run a story with the heading "Desperate hero loses lover anyway",  which tells the sorry tale of an 18-year-old resident of The Hague who decided to win back his ex-girlfriend by staging a robbery. He planned to prove his worth by leaping to the rescue of the damsel in distress. Initially everything seemed to go according to plan: girl walks home at midnight, knife-wielding masked assailant duly appears and "like a true action hero, the ex boyfriend leaps out, charges after the thug and saves the day after a dramatic tussle as the girl looks on."

If it hadn't been for those pesky CCTV cameras all over the place, we might even have had a happy ending. But police investigating the case found footage of the action hero chatting away to the thug beforehand like the best of pals. When confronted with the evidence, the knight in shining armour was forced to admit it had all been an elaborate ploy to impress the girl of his dreams. The girl later reveals "I thought there was something weird about it all when the robber kept shouting at me to hand over my bag. I didn't even have one with me." hahaha
Perhaps predictably she now wants nothing more to do with her would-be saviour. At least he can count on some support from a Dutch columnist Jerry Goossens who wonders "Couldn't the police have turned a blind eye? It is spring after all, the season of love. A period of collective lunacy for all creatures great and small. In The Hague a young lad’s dream of heroism has turned out to be nothing but an illusion ... oh, love can be cruel."

Day Opening - April 9

Old Greek Monastary, Samsun, Turkey