There are countless ways to propose – on a hot air balloon, at a basketball game, in a fancy restaurant – though, one guy held his beau at gunpoint.
Anastasia anticipated Sergei, her boyfriend, to be waiting for her when her plane arrived at St Petersburg airport. However as she landed he texted to say that, because of unexpected work commitments, instead a buddy will be pick her up. Soon after, as Anastasia approached her apartment complex in the friend’s vehicle, a minibus with blacked-out windows whooshes into their path. Armed guys in black masks hopped out and snatch her driver away. By gunpoint, Anastasia was guided to the back of the car she was commuting in. The men started rifling through her belongings and unearthed a small packet stuffed with white powder. “You’re suspected of supplying banned substances,” said the men. Anastasia frighteningly replied: “You must be mistaken. That’s not mine!” “Then whose is it? Enough of the games!” one of the men barked.
The questions continue, until the man opens the packet to reveal a small pink box. “And what’s this?” he asks. “No idea!” she replies, her voice breaking. Suddenly the man gets down on one knee, rips off his mask and shouts: “Marry me!” It’s Sergei, and it turns out he’s the only one here who actually works in law enforcement. The others work for an “extreme proposal” service – part of an industry established in Russia in recent years. Sergei’s driver friend was in on the secret – he pretended to be frightened when the masked men stopped them. Anastasia says the affair was an initial daze for her. “It was really scary. Nothing like that had ever happened to me before.”
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