Gladstone business' 'hunt' for 'lost' cruise tourist
"I'M GEOFF. When lost or drunk, return to Lynn at cabin 9159."
The sign, which was hanging around the neck of an elderly P&O Cruise passenger when he disembarked at Gladstone's port on Tuesday, has sparked a nation-wide "hunt" for the tourist, led by fan-girls of Gladstone clothing store T Leaf.
This awesome blokes name is Geoff, we met him today when he disembarked from the Pacific dawn cruise ship and visit us at the feast on east markets in Gladstone. We think Geoff is awesome, and we would like to find him. Can you help us find Geoff ?? We have a beautiful leather wallet we would like to give to his wife if we find him. Please share #whereisgeoff #welovegeoff #pacificdawn #feastoneastmarkets #gladstone
The elderly tourist, said to have the charisma of Burt Reynolds and the humour of Paul Hogan, made such an impression on T Leaf's owner Karen Stoneley at her Feast on East market stall that she called on her "thousands" of Instagram and Facebook followers to find him.
"He just made my day. I just thought everyone needs to have a Geoff in their life. He was just an all-round hilarious guy," she said.
"He was awesome. "Hundreds of people were trying to find him.
"They even had security looking for him on the boat."
Ms Stoneley, who shut her Sun Valley store for the day to set up a Feast on East stall, has been bombarded with Facebook messages with clues to where Geoff might be.
Young ladies on the boat, who became T Leaf-girl fans on their stop in Gladstone, led the search, with one, Sandra Hadley, posting: "He's on the Jewel!!! He was just at the Wharf Tavern at Mooloolaba!
"He may be on one of the tender boats back to the ship. We'll tell security to check if it's him."
"Has anyone found Geoff yet?" Nicola McCartie wrote.
Finally Oliver Diesel posted to T Leaf's wall a photo of Geoff.
He's thumbs up and still wearing the iconic name-tag that sparked the search.
Ms Stoneley admits Geoff may have been a little "overwhelmed" by the hysteria.
"He'll probably end up a celebrity out of this," she said.
And Ms Stoneley, who said she sells about 50%, "and growing", of her stock online to customers outside of Gladstone, concedes she, too, didn't do too badly out of the hunt for Geoff.