There are many potential dangers for spring breakers, including the temptation for illicit hook-ups.
That idea proved too much for a Maryland man who couldn't fathom the thought of his girlfriend hitting Miami, Florida with her girlfriends sans him.
In the creepiest-boyfriend-on-the-planet-move of all time, Azel Prather Jr, 25, turned to popular crowd-funding website GoFundMe for plane ticket money to spy on his 22-year-old girlfriend, Marissa.
“If you know anything about Miami, you know that she shouldn’t go without a chaperon,” he wrote on his page.
(Azel Prather Jr. GoFundMe crowd funding site.)
“We have a great thing going and I would hate to see it go down the drain for a little sand and sun,” he wrote. “If you can find it in your heart to donate ANYTHING to help save my relationship I would greatly appreciate it. I just need a round trip flight.”
Prather provided updates to the website including a picture of his girlfriend in Miami on Instagram in her bikini.
“Her bathing suit pic got 326 likes. Fellas, that right there is called the danger zone,” he wrote.
It's not surprising that people didn't find his comments reassuring. Irate messages poured in on his Instagram photos including: “What is going on in the world! Dudes have not and ounce of pride or shame. Openly insecure to the point that you feel the minute you walk away she's gonna leave you. She gonna leave you for a secure guy right in front od your face,” wrote jgiles54.
“You a legit broke ass dude and a stalker. Typical signs of domestic abuse. She need to move on and get away from your stalking crazy ass. This ain’t love that’s for sure,” wrote sassielassie7
Despite the outcry, Prather managed to source more than his $300 goal to book the flight to Miami.
After returning home, Prather and Marissa spoke to MTV. During the interview, Marissa stood by her man, saying:
“[The comments were] definitely misplaced. Those are the most comedic comments I’ve ever seen in my life. He’s the best dude I’ve ever been with. To say ‘run’ is kind of crazy – I wish people knew who he was. They don’t know who he really is."
Prather insisted that despite all the media attention, Marissa’s was shocked to find him in Miami, on her last day there.
“She didn’t know [I was coming]… she was half-asleep… I knew her hotel, I was talking to her all week. I was in an Uber – Once we got on Ocean Drive, I was telling him where to drop me off at,” he told MTV.