Jilted boyfriend puts his honeymoon on Ebay after fiancee dumps him over Christmas
A jilted boyfriend is advertising for someone to join him on his honeymoon after his fiancée dumped him over Christmas.
John Whitbread, 32, from Donisthorpe, Leics, put the spare ticket for his holiday on eBay after his girlfriend told him she didn’t want to get married.
The £1950 trip to the Dominican Republic includes all-inclusive accommodation at a four star luxury resort and plucky dumpee John is looking for a female of any age with a good sense of humour to join on the two-week break.
John, who works at a brick plant, said: “I was gutted when she said she didn’t want to get married but I realised I couldn’t mope forever and I didn’t want what I’d already paid to the holiday to go to waste.
“Besides, I think it will be good for me to get away. I’m just looking for a new friend who fancies a holiday with someone fun.”
After John’s girlfriend of two years, Amy, told him she had pre-wedding nerves and couldn’t go through with their wedding, he headed straight to the travel agent to see if he could cancel the break.
But when the Co-op he booked it through told him he would only be able to claim half the cost back he decided to keep the holiday and advertise for a new companion to join him.
With the help of his best friend Craig Gibson, he set up an ebay auction to find someone to travel with him and has started filming the project, including the moment he tells his parents, with the hashtag #girlfromthepublictodominicanrepublic.
After just two days online, the bidding had already reached £1020 but John had to reset the auction because of a problem with his ebay account and it now stands at £51.
John describes himself as a slim, 5’9, with dark hair who enjoys a good laugh.
His advert reads: “I’m not boring, I’m adventurous otherwise I wouldn’t be doing something as ridiculous as this.
“I’ve got no criminal record but sometimes I should be locked up for my snoring!”
Although the couple had been engaged for a year and due to marry in just five weeks’ time on Valentine’s Day, John says he harbours no bitterness to his ex-fiancee.
He said: “I’m just really glad she told me before we went through with the vows on our big day – I suppose I’ve got to respect her honesty.
“But I’m certainly not going to let the money or the opportunity pass me by.
“When I found out at the travel agent I could only get half my money back I was looking at other deals and places I could go but I thought, ‘No, I wanted to go on this holiday’.
“I called my best friend and he agreed so I headed straight to his house to make the ebay page.
“Everyone I know is taken and I’d rather go and enjoy it with someone new that I’d never otherwise get to meet.
“I’m not looking for a relationship – this could be an opportunity for someone who has never had the chance to take a holiday like this before.
“I’m not looking for anything apart from a fun holiday. If the girl is sporty and wants to do some scuba diving with me that would be great too.
“I really thought that I would only get about £100 on ebay – enough to pay the £50 name change fee and a bit of spending money.
“I can’t believe how well it was going. So if you’re up for a laugh and fancy a fantastic holiday – let me know!”
After being overwhelmed with the response , John has pledged to donate any money over £1050 to testicular cancer research.
He added: “People have said I’ve got real balls to do this so I thought I might as well try and make some money for charity if I can to.”
The flight leaves Manchester for Peurto Plata on Monday, February 16 at 9.45 and arrives back at 05.35 on March 3, 2015.
Accommodation is four 14 nights at the four star Blue Bay Villas in Playa Dorado and interested bidders can find the ebay auction at http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/331437376466