London: Man installs fake timetable to suggest at bus stop
A woman got a delightful surprise when her boyfriend proposed to her via a fake timetable at the bus stop where they first met.
Rory O’Keeffe, 32, came up with the elaborate idea while pondering how to propose to his girlfriend Charlotte Amey, 33.
The couple first met properly at a bus stop in King’s Cross and exchanged numbers after briefly brushing shoulders at a mutual friend’s party months earlier.
Rory was keen to credit their all-important coincidental second meeting in the proposal.
And the timetable is still there, being discovered by commuters almost a year later.
said Rory Metro.co.uk exactly how he came up with the brilliant proposal plan.
He shared, “Originally I was like, ‘Oh, maybe I’ll build a bus stop or something,’ and then I realized that was ridiculous.
“I realized I could [include the] Bus stop, it’s right there and I could use the actual bus stop.’
He enlisted the help of his Photoshop expert, Trav, to mock a fake timetable intended to run in place of the actual number 17 bus.
The bus that runs from Archway Station to London Bridge has had some unusual stop names changed in between.
Together it read: “Charlotte, we met at this bus stop seven years ago, will you marry me now?”
Rory continued: “Charlotte had said if you ever propose to me it can’t be in public, which was a bit of a problem because public transport is very public.
“We managed to get her there at 3am on a Saturday night when nobody was there.
“Although initially there were a couple of drunk guys standing around at the bus stop when we first went and one of them was reading the bus stop.”
Concerned that one of the revelers might start reading the bus schedule, he took Charlotte to McDonald’s before going through with his suggestion.
“I checked the buses on my phone and I knew as soon as one ran they would clear everyone out of the way and then go back to the bus stop,” Rory said.
“I said, ‘Oh, which bus did we take when we met seven years ago?’ and started arguing with her and getting her to check the schedule.
“While she was checking it I got on one knee with the ring behind her and she saw her own name cursing a lot in confusion and finally said yes.”
The happy couple will wed in a “laid back” wedding in north London in July this year.
However, Charlotte had a hilarious objection to the suggestion.
Rory added: “She was actually upset because I got the schedule a little wrong.
“This bus is supposed to be going north, but our bus is actually going south, and she didn’t like the metaphor, ‘Oh you mean? [our relationship] going south?!”
The pair aren’t the first couple to be linked by London’s transport system, as Metro’s rush hour crush celebrated its 24th anniversary this week.
The column has seen thousands of singletons over the years trying to connect with their commuting cuties.
It’s spawned multiple marriages and even a baby – with another set arriving next month.
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