Besotted Edinburgh B&Q worker seeks shopper who made a lasting impression
Alexander Cameron, 30, was having a normal shift at work when a brief encounter with a stranger led to an unexpected spark.
But before he could pluck up the courage to ask him out, the man left with his purchases and lovesick Alexander has been left regretting it ever since.
Posting online, Alexander wrote: "A few weeks ago, a young gay guy (early-mid 20s) came into my work (B&Q - Hermiston Gait).
"The last time I spoke to him, he was wearing a grey/black t-shirt with a whole bunch of Edgar Allan Poe references (similar to the photo I have posted) on it and had eye length curly brown hair that he kept flipping out his eyes.
"He said he had recently bought a house in Corstorphine on a 'cul-de-sac' and I gave him a discount on a new electric fireplace for his house when he was last in with his grandad.
"We've chatted a couple of time at B&Q - very nice and polite lad. The first time we met, he had a pal with him and they wanted help finding tools to 'make a wooden square'.
"I don't know his name, but I wish I'd asked him for his name. So, I'm using 21st century tactics to try to find him to see if he'd like to grab a coffee with me.
"If you see this or if this sounds like someone you know, DM me because I'd like to ask you out now because I was too big a s****bag to ask you out in-person.
"Hope this finds you or I may see you nevermore ..."
The photo depicts a photo of Edgar Allan Poe with many references to his work, such as 'The Raven' and 'The Tell-Tale Heart'.
Speaking to Edinburgh Live, Alexander said: "I'm just really surprised at how much attention this has received. I just thought it would be the best way to try and find him, but I really didn't expect people to be so supportive about it.
"We spoke for about 20 minutes the last time I saw him (the day he was in the Edgar Allan Poe shirt) and I just couldn't get the courage to ask him out.
"He seemed a bit surprised that I understood his t-shirt and then we started reciting The Raven to each other. It was incredibly funny and awkward but it was great.
"He was just nice and the gay dating world is terrible. So, I thought how nice it was to actually meet someone in-person as opposed to a dating app.
"However, now I'm using Facebook to try to find him... I don't know if he's single, I don't know if he enjoyed our interactions as much as I did. But I regret not asking so I want to find out now."