Finding love can be a tough task.
You’d think the advent of dating apps would make this easier, but all we usually get are a few pizza dates and awkward hugs.
That’s why some frustrated singles turn to professional matchmakers, hoping they can help them find ‘the one’.
But, as one woman found out, you don’t always get what you signed up for.
Woman Allegedly Bought a More Expensive Package With Dating Agency But Got an ‘Uncle’ Instead
A woman has accused a dating agency of setting her up with a “skinny uncle” after she paid nearly $3,000 for a three-date package.
The 49-year-old made the allegations on the site All Singapore Stuff on Friday (11 Sep).
The woman claimed she had signed up for a dating package from matchmaking service Lunch Actually, and paid a whopping S$2,939 for it.
Love does not come cheap these days, it seems.
She was told that since it was a premium package, she would be able to specify the type of looks she wanted.
So she sent Lunch Actually some photos of her ideal partner, which included her friend and other public figures, according to AsiaOne.
She was eventually matched with a 59-year-old man, but he did not live up to her expectations, to say the least.
Date Looked Old & Skinny
After meeting her date at a restaurant, the woman complained that the man was “old and not good looking”.
She was also displeased with the fact that he was too “skinny”, as Lunch Actually had described him as a fit man.
Something else which upset her was that he lived in Bukit Batok, even though the company allegedly claimed he stayed in a central location.
Worst of all, though, she called him an “uncle”.
The divorcee told Lianhe Wanbao that she thinks she’s a catch, as she’s attractive and earns a decent wage.
“This unpleasant episode has deterred me from looking for another life partner completely,” she said.
The woman said she has lodged a complaint with the Consumers Association of Singapore (CASE) after being denied a refund on her package.
She added that Lunch Actually was “very careful” with their communications with her, so as not to leave a “written trace”.
She also alleged that the Terms of Service agreement (TOS) with the company was no longer available via the online link they had provided.
Lunch Actually’s Response
In response to the allegations made, Violet Lim, the company’s founder, shared a lengthy post on Facebook.
According to Lim, the woman had purchased a Signature Package for three dates. The company said this package does not allow the client to choose the looks of her matches, something which was “clearly explained” to the woman.
Lim said her company never claimed the man was good looking, rather, they told her that they “found him to look younger than his age and that he dresses quite well”.
She added that they had never said the man lived in a central area.
Lim said the company has reached out to the woman in an effort to resolve the matter but lamented the fact that she went public just to get a refund, and “dragged an innocent party” into the mix.
The woman, however, has refused to speak to them.
The sad thing is that the man is aware of the “uncalled for” and “hurtful” remarks that his date made, but told AsiaOne that he forgives her.
As I said, love is hard to find.
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