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The pandemic may have wiped out a lot of things, but not love. Although it’s harder to find your better half in a world where nightclubs are closed and many are fed up of dating apps, all is not lost.
For many months now, our weeks have been about work, grocery shopping and little else. That’s why a Bavarian branch of a German supermarket chain has launched an initiative to encourage singles to do their shopping on Fridays between 18:00 and 20:00 and thus contribute to matchmaking in times of coronavirus.
The Edeka subsidiary in Volkach, in the south of the country, invites customers to find love in its aisles among boxes of cereal and toilet paper.
According to EN24, the supermarket has been offering this service for about two years, but it is only because of the coronavirus and its restrictions that the idea has become such an attractive attraction.
The idea is simple. Upon entering the store, customers wear a heart-shaped badge with a number indicating that they wish to participate and then start walking as usual through the aisles while looking for the products they need.
As the Main-Post newspaper notes, when someone is interested in another person with that badge, they have to write down the number and fill out a form on which there are preset suggestions along the lines of “I’d love to get to know you better as we take a walk along the banks of the river” or “I’d love to meet you for orange juice in the fruit section.”
After this, an employee calls the number that has been pierced by Cupid’s arrows over the public address system and delivers this message to the person or gives them a contact card with a message left by the person concerned.
Whoever doesn’t find their other half in the middle of the pandemic can’t complain, then – they clearly haven’t tried hard enough!