Bad experiences with online dating
Bumble, Tinder, Coffee Meets Bagel, The League, Ok Cupid, Plenty of Fish — there are so many apps and online platforms out there to connect you to your prospective soulmate.
But what about the encounters that go terribly wrong?
Then he resurfaced on the dating site with the same photos but a different name, slightly younger age and different hometown in another state.
When I called him on it, he expressed dismay and said someone must have hacked him and he would investigate.
As I was running down the sidewalk towards my car, still struggling with my belongings, I heard him come onto his balcony and start screaming my name – that’s when I was sure I had escaped some weird plot to wear me as a human skin suit.” The online platform: Plenty of Fish The story: “We never actually met face to face – he always had some excuse – but he sent me lots of messages about how wonderful it was to find me, etc., and even sent a dozen red roses with balloons that said ‘Love’ and a giant white teddy bear to my office (religious nonprofit), which created quite a stir.
What went wrong: He wanted me to send money (Wal Mart gift card) of 0 to Malaysia, where he was supposedly traveling for work as a bridge-construction expert.” Her response: “I told him I was sorry but I don’t lend money.” Later: “After I refused to lend him money, the messages stopped.
I am sure my face gave away a whole host of emotions in that moment, from shock to amusement to profound confusion.We got some locals to dish about their worst online dating experiences. The following stories were edited minimally for brevity and clarity.The online platform: Ok Cupid The story: “I was on a first date with a guy I met on Ok Cupid about 7 years ago.Further, I found out and saw that he is sporting several mugshots online for misdemeanor and felony stalking and that he is wearing an ankle bracelet (which I did not see because he wore long pants during our first encounter). ” Her response: “I respectfully cancelled the second date we had planned by texting that I did not feel a connection.Beforehand I searched and blocked him from any social apps that I have as a precaution.
But he instantly changed the name again (with the same photos), and when I told him he was a scammer and I was going to report him, he took down the profile and told me to ‘–– off’ I’m still mystified by the whole thing.