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People Are Divided Over Tinder User's 'Cheeky' Request

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People Are Divided Over Tinder User's 'Cheeky' Request

People can't decide how they feel after one Tinder user revealed the cheeky request he sent his match.

Elliott Harding from Sheldon, Birmingham went viral online when he revealed that he had been using the popular dating app to try and secure a job.

While some thought his message was 'creepy' and 'wrong', others praised Elliott for his creativity.

Elliott Harding has divided people online. (Credit: Kennedy News and Media)
Elliott Harding has divided people online. (Credit: Kennedy News and Media)
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The 25-year-old IT contractor and self proclaimed "popular" Tinder user matched with a girl named Emily on Tinder, who had revealed in her profile that she was a recruiter.

Using a rather unusual opening line on Emily, Elliott revealed that he had hoped to get "either a job or a date" out of the match.

Before they got to know each other, Elliott's first message to Emily suggested that they "sort the business stuff out first", adding his daily rate and offering to send over his CV.

While Emily wasn't able to help him out with a job in the end, Elliott did manage to bag himself some work in the end, when he shared the bizarre exchange to LinkedIn.

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He captioned the LinkedIn post: 'Recruiters are safe nowhere' joking that he had decided to get "creative" on Tinder, an app where he's "more popular."

Elliott opened with a business offer for his Tinder match. (Credit: Kennedy News and Media)
Elliott opened with a business offer for his Tinder match. (Credit: Kennedy News and Media)

Some people who spotted the LinkedIn post were furious, demanding that Elliott owed Emily an apology for both the unorthodox messages and for "exposing" her online.

One person commented: "Gosh, I've no idea why you're not popular on LinkedIn. Seriously, this is not on. It's creepy. It's making me really uncomfortable. Emily absolutely should be safe anywhere. It's not creative. It's wrong and grim. And I really think you owe someone an apology."

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Another added: "This is definitely one way of never getting employment again. If I were you I'd delete this immediately! No wonder Tinder gets a bad reputation with plonkers like you on it."

Others thought the post was good fun and praised Elliott for his bizarre stunt.

According to the IT contractor, he has made over 60 connections as a result, and even been contacted about potential work offers.

Commenting on the reaction to his post, Elliott said: "When I'm searching for jobs I see the word recruiter every day so this profile popped out to me. I thought it'd be an entertaining thing to do to be fair. It was a long shot.

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"I don't think the LinkedIn community understood it. When it blew up it was a marmite reaction.There seemed to be an age gap in the reaction. I think for dating apps back in [older users'] days it was a bit of a taboo and you couldn't share it around the office and you had to keep it quiet.

Elliott's LinkedIn post had a mixed reaction. (Credit: Kennedy News and Media)
Elliott's LinkedIn post had a mixed reaction. (Credit: Kennedy News and Media)

"I saw some of the messages about it being creepy, but that's probably the calmest message I've seen shared from Tinder."

He added: "I don't fully understand why me sharing the profile is creepy. It's there for everyone to see. I don't think it matters where it was. It could have been Tinder, Facebook or anything. Tinder is open and when you create an account anyone in the world can see it. You're sharing it with millions of people, so me sharing it on my profile with 500 connections isn't stalking.

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"I saw a security expert say it was doxxing. But I was only sharing someone's name. If she did work in the IT recruitment industry and she had a job available and I could fill that role and I did get it, essentially I'd have helped Emily out. She'd have got a fee for that.

"I thought I'd get a bit creative. A few people have contacted me and I think people in IT have a bad reputation of being boring, so when they see someone that's a little different it stands out."

Featured Image Credit: Kennedy News and Media

Topics: Sex and Relationships, Tinder

Ali Condon
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