Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Online Dating

 The Bayou Renaissance Man has a post up about online dating sites.  It appears that some of them aren't honest about who is talking to who.  Imagine that!  Let me tell you a story:

Back in 2001, I had a female acquaintance who was convinced her boyfriend was cheating on her.  She knew what he liked, and she knew that he regularly traveled for business, and asked for my help.

I was amused at the challenge, so we set up a fake account on a dating site that we thought he might be using.  Over the course of a couple of weeks, she looked at the contacts on that posting, and began chatting with a man that she thought was her boyfriend, who was also using an alias.

She agreed to meet him at a lounge in a nice hotel near where he was on a business trip.  She did, in fact, drive across the state to keep the date, met him at the appointed place, and broke up with him on the spot.  I understand that it was quite a dramatic event, at least from her telling me the details later. Evidently, she caused quite a scene in the lounge.  It was an Oscar-winning performance.

So, the idea that dating sites are a false-flag operation is nothing new.  In online dating, as in all other affairs of the heart, caveat emptor.

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