A man in Scotland named Craig Sullivan got in metaphorical hot water after he decided to dump more than 2,000 bottles in the literal water, and announced it on Twitter. The Telegraph reports that Sullivan's tweet about his project to find love via bottle message to some other lonely stranger attracted the attention of naysayers and a lot of backlash:
Sullivan is a widower whose wife passed away from cancer. Those are very sad circumstances in which to find yourself alone, but also, this is a terrible idea. Sullivan told the Telegraph that he was inspired by the Police song "Message in a Bottle," taking it very literally.
Sullivan released a few hundred bottles before the Environmental Protection Agency caught up with him, but if you're curious about the level of people's rage over this, check out the Twitter responses:
You should be reported and fined for this!! Fly tipping in the sea...what part of you thinks that is ok?!?!— ⚓️SusieP⚓️📖 (@Beachdrifter74) July 26, 2017
Is anyone reporting him to the police? He's causing an offence.— Sarah Eaton (@Sazbats) July 25, 2017
Why are you throwing 2500 glass bottles into the sea? Which part of your tiny mind thinks this a good idea?!— Mark Bond (@mbond07) July 25, 2017
Why on earth are you littering the already polluted seas with 2,500 more bits of rubbish? Why not collect up 2,500 bits for your project??— Mini Martha (@FlashMartha) July 25, 2017
Why the hell are you adding to the litter in the oceans?! Idiot.— Sarah Eaton (@Sazbats) July 25, 2017
On Facebook, Sullivan wrote, "There has been a rather unpleasant backlash to my intentions, which were always not to achieve this sort of reaction. It's been quite saddening but it won't affect my optimism or plans - to find someone new.”
I certainly hope Sullivan finds someone new, and he says himself that many women have responded from around the world since his horrible plan went viral. I guess there's for every litterbug that there's another litterbug out there.