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Search For Love Has Left 'Looking for a Girlfriend' Guy in 'Financial Ruin'

By Gwynne Hogan | May 18, 2015 4:54pm
 Dan Perino, 51, is looking for a job.
Dan Perino, 51, is looking for a job.
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Lovelorn Dan Perino, the ‘looking for a girlfriend’ guy, who plastered his face and phone number on signposts and walls across Manhattan, is in "financial ruin" from all the dates he's been on and now desperately needs a job, he said.

Dan Perino, 51, needs a source of income in order to continue his hunt for a perfect match, he said.

“I’m a celebrity, but I’m a broke one,” he said.

Perino began his new employment search on Saturday and posted 500 hundred posters across the Lower East Side and the East Village, he said. On Monday he plastered another 500 in the West Village, Chelsea and midtown, he said. 

“I’ve managed to deplete a grand portion of my income for the sake of funding the ‘Looking for a Girlfriend’ conquest,” the sign reads. “It’s been a great journey so far but I can no longer afford to take women out on dates. I am in financial ruin.”

Perino is hoping to get his fledgling acting career rolling and is also interested in working as a busboy where he could earn tips and "keep [himself] in the limelight,” he said. He's had dozens of interviews for restaurant gigs but nothing has panned out, he said.

Perino has been interviewed by dozens of media outlets after he started posting his "Looking for a Girlfriend" fliers, but he said he was never in it for the fame.

“It was for real. I didn’t do it for an art project or a media stunt," he said.

After a couple hundred dates and 161 hookups in the past eight months since Perino started his search for love, he’s gotten to know a lot about the opposite sex, he said.

“I learned more about women than women know about themselves after having all these dates,” he said.