A Missouri State student named Hayden accidentally swiped left on a beautiful female student named Claudia’s Tinder profile, and responded by sending an email to every single Claudia with a plea to let him undo his mistake.
Is this adorable? Creepy? Both? You’ll have to read and decide for yourself.
And, of course, then there’s the intended Claudia’s response.
“Hello all Claudias of Missouri State,” his email begins.
We don’t know how many Claudias that includes. It’s a great name with a great history, but kind of rare.
Even rare names can crop up a lot when you’re talking about a student body population of about 26,000 students.
“First off, my name is Hayden, and I made a rookie mistake on Tinder. I accidentally swiped left on Claudia’s profile (left is bad), and I really wanted to swipe right.”
“If Tinder provided last names, this would be much easier, but it doesn’t, so I have to describe the profile to you.”
This is taking those old “missed connection” stories and adding another layer. Color us intrigued.
“The age next to her name was 20, but in her bio it said she was actually 18 and didn’t know how to change it.”
It sounds like they have similar proficiencies in using Tinder. Kind of a promising start to their relationship?
“The pictures she provided had some with her friends and her mom in them. In her bio she said some of her friends were single and if anyone liked them better that’s fine but they couldn’t have her mom (had me deat btw).”
Yeah that’s genuinely funny.
“So, like I said, I meant to swipe right but that didn’t happen.”
That can happen to anyone if they’re just flipping through profiles and make the motion one time too many by mistake, but maybe he’s
“My instagram is Hayden.Moll if you want to look me up.”
He has almost no photos on there. It’s hard to tell if he sanitized his profile just for the occasion or if he just needs to get better friends if he wants an Instagram profile that’s going to grab a thirsty fellow student’s attention.
“I’m just asking, if this is your profile that I described, please message me back with ‘right’ or ‘left’ just so I know if you’re interested or not.”
Like a do-it-yourself Tinder. Amazing.
But what is he hoping to get out of all of this?
“If you choose ‘right’ we could totally get some doughnuts or something but if you choose ‘left’ that’s cool too. No worries!”
That’s a polite thing to say. In part for politeness but also because, well, sometimes when men feel rejected they respond with murder. Hayden was good to include that reassurance.
“If it’s none of you Claudias and you know even more Claudias, spread the word please. It would be much appreciated!”
Well, the young woman in question did reveal herself. Her name is Claudia Alley.
Public responses have ranged from comments admiring the story to finding humor in it to others disparaging them or the entire idea of meeting someone through an app.
“He was smitten..”
“He was desperate to meet her because he could just sense she has a great personality.”
“She just wants to know who does his eyebrows.”
“That twink is out of his league.”
“I feel sorry for people out there that cyber stalk someone before and rely on screens during courtship.”
“No dear, not creepy at all.”
What matters, though, is what Claudia thinks of all of this.
Apparently, she’s not only entertained by the story going viral — she’s also amused enough by his endearing email that she’s agreed to go out to get doughnuts with him.
A lot of the time, viral relationships like this fall apart. You know what else falls apart? Non-viral relationships. Not everybody clicks.
That doesn’t mean that we need to start singing a funeral dirge for this “relationship.” They’re literally just going out for doughnuts.
We would point out though that Hayden seems to be pretty tall and Claudia is either exclusively friends with Amazonians or is extremely short. Sometimes height differences are the secret ingredient that make relationships click and stick.
We hope that they’re both better at a doughnut date than they are at using Tinder.