Copenhagen buses play Cupid with ‘love seats’

6 05 2010

COPENHAGEN — A Copenhagen bus company has put “love seats” on 103 of its vehicles for people looking to make a new friend … or even something more.

“Even love at first sight is possible on the bus,” said a spokesman for the British owned Arriva company to explain the two seats on each bus that are covered in red cloth and a “love seat” sign.

“You never know what will happen,” spokesman Martin Wex told AFP. “We cannot guarantee that you will find the person of your dreams. We are just offering the possibility for people to communicate, to smile a bit more and possibly, to win someone’s heart.”

The experiment, which according to driver testimony has lightened the mood on buses, is to last two weeks, Wex said. “Some drivers have noticed smiling girls sitting in these seats,” hoping for interesting company, he said.

In addition to helping customer relations, the “love seat” experiment aims to convince car drivers to leave their vehicles at home and opt for a more social mode of transport.

Arriva, according to Wex, is simply offering passengers “a chance to find happiness.”

VIA Copenhagenize + “Buses on routes 3A, 4A, 150S, 173E and 350S now feature seats that are red, placed next to each other, where according to Arriva flirtacious, sexy glances and cheeky pick-up lines from both sexes are allowed”.
PS. I had thought of this “you never know” concept, and dating websites when thinking about funding sources.  Let’s face it everyone perves in public space. As the John Mayer lyric goes “People watching people, people watching people right back”

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