It was early March, the end of the Australian summer, when I posted an ad on Gumtree (an online classifieds website like Craigslist or Kijiji in North America). I was traveling solo from Sydney to Melbourne, and was looking for someone to share the drive and travel costs with. I received a few responses before this landed in my inbox:
I ended up finding a rideshare with an English comedian named Iain, and, of course, I told him about this completely inappropriate response to my ad. Being from the UK, Iain was quite familiar with Gumtree, and said he had never had such an experience back home. Was it Australia? Was it that I was a woman?