London, August 23 : Seven weeks after paying 200 pounds to join an agency as professional male escorts, two men finally want their money back because no woman wants to date them.
Baldies Alan Gunn and Mark Hill were expecting to make 40 pounds an hour by accompanying lonely female clients, but they have not been approached by any as yet.
The disillusioned pair of single security guards finally decided to demand their money back from Rebecca's Nationwide Male Escorts in Sheffield.
Their decision to join the agency is said to have become a matter of prank for locals in their hometown.
"How could they expect any woman in her right mind to pay to go out with them? They're hardly Brad Pitt, James Bond, or Richard Gere in American Gigolo, are they?" British tabloid The Sun quoted a local as saying.
Gunn and Hill joined the agency to raise money for a DJ business, each spending 35 pounds on registration and another 65 pounds for a portfolio of photos when they joined up.
The duo from Wakefield, West Yorks, however, was horrified by the complete lack of response.
Dad-of-two Mark, 43, whose marriage collapsed in the early 1990s, said: "As far as I am concerned, I am good looking. When I walk down the road in Wakefield I get women coming up to me and I have to turn them down. I know for a fact that I can get women. We think we've been conned. We've paid out all this money and not had one call or date."
Alan, 44, who also has two kids and split with his wife last year, said: "We thought it would be easy money and we'd have a good time, but it's all gone wrong. We don't see ourselves like Richard Gere, we were just looking at it as a chance to socialise and get some female company. We weren't after sex - just a good night out and some money."
He added: "The agency said that after 48 hours if we hadn't had any offers, we'd get our money back. We kept calling to find out why no clients had got in touch and asking for our money back - but they said we had to wait until next July."
Kelly Jamison, acting office manager at Rebecca's, insisted that the agency was still trying to find the two men work.
She said: "Our guarantee actually states that if we can't find work within 48 hours we will return the money at the end of the registration period, which is one year. We've given them quite a few opportunities, but there are lots of things they're not willing to do."