Out-of-state linemen use dating apps to hook up with Southwest Florida “bucket bunnies”
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With Hurricane Ian devastating our area, there are plenty of out-of-state linemen in town. And it appears they use dating apps like Tinder and Bumble to connect with SWFL’s “bucket bunnies.”
All around town there are men who have come Florida to help and with linemen from 30 states coming to our aid. There are many. In fact, the other day on Instagram, I saw a photo of Lynq restaurant and took it to some co-workers and said, “Girls, it’s time to find me a husband!” While I was joking, maybe I shouldn’t have. These lonely men here who turn on our power supply, seek to be turned on against themselves.
While this might be music to one girl’s ears, it’s not for a girl band. Women linemen.
Ooh boy the drama is heating up. On TikTok, many local women were quick to point out the influx of men on Tinder with their neon shirts and construction helmets. Meanwhile, the wives of these linemen on the apps have a new term for girls on the prowl: “bucket bunnies.” Of course, this term refers to the bucket trucks that linemen stand in to reach power lines. These single “rabbits” try to tempt these men to cheat on their wives while they’re in town.
This is not the only career in which a term like this has been coined. There are “hospice rows” for pipeline workers. “Patch chasers” for bikers. And then there are the “badge bunnies” for the police.
While I’m sure there are a lot of women watching right now, one TikTok user commented on what the majority of us think. “Most of us in Florida just want our food back.”