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Woman hopes fake flirting leads to Kijiji infamy

She has caught the attention of the opposite sex by crashing into shopping carts, making routine trips to Canadian Tire and randomly staring at fellow caffeine fiends in coffee shops for hours.

But Jessica Hoy, a 25-year-old nurse from Red Deer, has no interest in finding a soulmate.

Instead, what started as a dare from a friend has morphed into a year-long social experiment and increasingly popular blog.

“I want to be in a missed connection on Kijiji,” Hoy explained bluntly. “That’s it.”

The missed connections area on the popular classifieds site serves as a dating personal area of sorts.

Hoy now has plans to move to Calgary this month but dismissed thoughts of giving up on her insincere romance search.

A quick perusal of Calgary’s missed connections reveals she might have a good shot.

“Tall tattooed guy with the Akita (?), wow ;) Sunday evening Aug 5,” wrote one awestruck Kijiji member recently. “Seeing anyone?”

Hoy isn’t picky about attracting an online mate either. She has feigned interest in everyone from barely-legal teens to seniors that would qualify for movie-theatre discounts. In one instance at a bar, two men actually began fighting over who she was pretending to eye.

Still, Hoy’s had no success. She’s has even begun sending surveys to missed connection regulars, asking them what would get her efforts recognized.

“I am going to keep going until I get one,” she said. “And hopefully I don’t get murdered.”

Hoy’s efforts to gain a Kijiji missed connection can be followed at missconnectionreddeer.blogspot.ca.

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  • Metro/Photo submitted by Jessica Hoy

    Jessica Hoy may appear like she’s trying to flirt with you, but secretly the gold-coloured Elvis statue she’s seen with here has a better chance of jump-starting a romance with her.

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    An example of some of the Calgary-specific Missed Connections on Kijiji.

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    An example of some of the Calgary-specific Missed Connections on Kijiji.

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    An example of some of the Calgary-specific Missed Connections on Kijiji.

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    An example of some of the Calgary-specific Missed Connections on Kijiji.

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    An example of some of the Calgary-specific Missed Connections on Kijiji.

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