Robert Darling commutes once a week from his two-bedroom apartment in Bradley Beach, N.J., to seek love in Manhattan, panhandling for affection beneath a sandwich board. ”I’m looking for a wealthy lady to be my wife,” reads his entreaty, written in multi-colored marker…For nearly a decade, he has donned the portable personal advertisement at his three preferred love-seeking locations: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Columbus Circle and Wall Street. Besides financial security, Darling says his requirements for a lady love are fairly lenient. He wants a smart woman who will make him laugh and enjoys listening to the band Genesis on the audio cassettes he carries with him. And his threshold for wealth is refreshingly lenient, at least by the standards of the posh Manhattan areas where he looks for love: an eligible bachelorette must have a net worth of $750,000, he says. Darling is willing make exceptions for the right person. His sign offers the following caveat: “Ladies Not yet rich but very well off will be considered.” [WSJ]

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  1. Posted by Seamless Guy | August 9, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    I'd rather give my money to the black guy with the "Family killed by ninjas. Need money for kung fu lessons" sign.

  2. Posted by Guest | August 9, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    the article continues, "when asked to comment further, Darling declined and left abruptly, explaining that he 'had to return some videotapes.'"

  3. Posted by Guest | August 9, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    Out front of the museum he's more likely to get a nice, young, gay design student while the Alex McQ exhit is on.

  4. Posted by Guest | August 9, 2011 at 5:40 PM

    I would've had my ass parked at Taco Bell.

  5. Posted by Guy who knows irony | August 9, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    ohhhhh so when a guy does it and wears his intentions on a sandwich board to be upfront an honest it's laughable, but when a girl does it and hides her intentions it's ok.
    Got it

  6. Posted by Eve | August 9, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    I own a kick-ass apple orchard, and love Genesis -it's my favorite book. Plus I could really use the sandwich board.

  7. Posted by Purewater | August 9, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    This is a good idea.

    Anthony Weiner

  8. Posted by P. Bateman | August 9, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Do you like Phil Collins? I've been a big Genesis fan ever since the release of their 1980 album, Duke. Before that, I really didn't understand any of their work. Too artsy, too intellectual. It was on Duke where Phil Collins' presence became more apparent. I think Invisible Touch was the group's undisputed masterpiece. It's an epic meditation on intangibility. At the same time, it deepens and enriches the meaning of the preceding three albums. Christy, take off your robe…………. This is Sussudio, a great, great song, a personal favorite.

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  10. Posted by Guest | August 9, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    don't touch the watch!

  11. Posted by 2StopShop | August 9, 2011 at 8:06 PM

    This all seemed completely normal and not psychopathic at all until we learned that he carries Genesis cassette tapes with him. Seriously bro – start with a sign asking a rich chick to buy you an ipod, then work your way up to marriage.

  12. Posted by Peter | August 9, 2011 at 8:48 PM

    Go back to your trailer :(

  13. Posted by Screedster | August 9, 2011 at 10:36 PM

    You sloshed some of your margarita on me during that rant.

    -The Guy at the Bar Next to You at Minetta's

  14. Posted by el duderino | August 10, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    like the dude that used craigslist to trade a paper clip for a house (eventually).

  15. Posted by Guest | August 10, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Who is laughing at him? Also, pretty sure if a chick pulled this move she'd be labeled a desperate psycho.

  16. Posted by Pete from the Bush | August 10, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Genesis? How irrelevant. He should try one of the following guaranteed HNW chick magnets:

    A. Supertramp
    B. Pablo Cruise
    C. Loggins & Messina

    Guy who is dating himself because nobody else will

  17. Posted by guest | August 10, 2011 at 7:58 PM

    So that is what he was talking about – a band (phew!)

  18. Posted by guest | August 10, 2011 at 8:01 PM

    Baggers at Stop and Shop make union incomes. They would be all over this guy! Think about the Union dues….

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