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Hopeless Romantic Waits 10 Days At Airport For Woman He Met Online

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | August 03, 2016

Hopeless Romantic Waits 10 Days At Airport For Woman He Met Online

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Anyone who has waited a long time for their significant other to get ready to go out, prepare your apologies accordingly.

BBC News is reporting that a Dutch man ended what was a ten-day wait at a Chinese airport, which culminated in a trip to the hospital for exhaustion.

The reason is just as bizarre as it is painful: He was waiting for a woman that he met online.

The report states 41-year-old Pieter Cirk met a woman by the name of Zhang a couple of months ago thanks to an app.

The inauspicious pairing resulted in Cirk coming up with the bright idea to meet his lady love at Chansha Huanhua Airport.

Presumably, Cirk believed that he would be lauded with kisses, hugs and myriad hand-holding sessions once his flight touched down in China.

Instead, he was greeted by the usual rush of travelers, a mass of people unfortunately devoid of Zhang. There is no way of knowing, but we can’t help but believe a single tumbleweed blew gently down the various gates behind this brave traveler.

Cirk, realizing his romantic but foolhardy action immediately booked a trip back home and put this unfortunate mishap behind him.

Just kidding; he stayed 10 days.

According to the report, Cirk pulled his own Viktor Navorski subplot and stayed at the airport for over a week. But instead of waiting for his passport to clear as in the movie “The Terminal,” this man was waiting to meet his 26-year-old online fling in person.

It’s easy to feel horribly for Cirk. Zhang, for her part, spoke to Hunan TV to explain how it came to pass that this man was left to wander aimlessly in an airport sans her companionship.

BBC News quotes Zhang via Huan TV: “We had advanced our romantic relationship but later he seemed a little callous towards me. One day he sent me a photo of air tickets abruptly and I thought it was a joke. He didn't contact me later.”

Coincidentally, Zhang was having plastic surgery at the time Cirk had his airport holiday, so a meeting was assuredly out of the question.

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The most painful part – depending on your outlook on unrequited trysts – of the story may come in the form of this little tidbit: “Ms Zhang reportedly said she would be keen to meet him after her recovery, saying she was still interested in maintaining their relationship.”

Yes, after waiting over a week with little to go on but hope, Cirk now hears that maybe the two can have a do-over.

If Cirk jumps at the chance we might suggest he guarantee Zhang has the correct date and flight number and that he bring a comfy sleeping bag just in case.

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