Crazy blind dates have been a thing since the 80s.
The term has even become an internet buzzword with its use becoming more common.
And for some, the term is just another name for something that has gone wrong.
But for a lot of people, a blind date is a date that doesn’t happen.
And, in some cases, the event can turn out disastrous.
In fact, one of the most notorious blind dates in history has left one man with permanent eye damage.
In 1991, the then 21-year-old was sitting on the beach when a man suddenly appeared out of nowhere and jumped out of the water.
“It was a pretty scary thing to happen and we got out of there with a bang,” he said.
The man in question had no idea what he was doing and jumped into the ocean.
Mr Stacey’s friend, Paul Matson, was one of those people that saw it happen.
“I didn’t really know what was going on until Paul came up to me and said, ‘You’re going to have a party’,” Mr Stacey said.
“And I was like, ‘Yeah, yeah’.”
The party started and people were starting to get up.
We were going down to a bar.
And I said to him, ‘What are you doing here?’
And he said, “I’m not a tourist, I’m a tourist.'”
Paul said he wasn’t particularly worried about the event.
“When I think back on it, it’s not so bad,” he told News24.
“But, if you look at it, if I was on the other side of the beach and the guy jumped in and it wasn’t a crazy thing, that would have been very scary.”
Mr Stacys friend went to the police.
But, it was only after the man was arrested that he was diagnosed with permanent damage to his retina.
“He had the surgery, and it was just the worst day of my life,” he recalled.
“The worst thing I’ve ever been through.”
My vision went from perfect to really, really bad and I didn’t know what to do about it.
“All I knew was that the sight would come back, but it wasn´t going to be good.
It was just one of these things that I thought, ‘Oh God, I am going to go blind.'”
The man who jumped out from the waterThe man was sentenced to life in prison for the attack on Mr Stacyscys friend, but he escaped.
After the attack, Paul had to go into a rehabilitation centre to deal with the damage.
“You can’t see anything, you can’t hear anything,” Mr Stacer said.
“And I didn´t really want to go through that.
I was really ashamed.”
So, I got myself a big blind, which is what I’ve been doing ever since.
“Now, he is still looking for a way to move on.”
In the end, I’ve had to put my glasses on, which I’ve done every day,” he added.”
If I was to go back, it would be a whole different story.
“Maybe if I didn�t go blind I wouldn’t have had to see that guy in the first place.”
Mr Matson has never been the same.
“To be honest, I still can’t believe that happened.
And that was the best day of the year, you know?” he said with a laugh.”
What are the odds that I would have gotten married that day?” he continued.”
Now, I think that I might have done something stupid, I might not have been able to get the wedding.”
For Paul, the experience has left him with some scars.
“They say if you’re blind, you’re stupid,” he explained.
“For the next few years, I will probably be looking back at that day in the mirror.”
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