We sometimes deal with complaints about dating services in our capacity as a certified ADR Provider, but nothing so extreme as was recently reported:
Darlene Daggett had high hopes of finding her ideal partner when she took out a “CEO level” membership with a dating service.
The retired corporate executive with the QVC shopping channel, spent $150,000 (£115,000) signing up with the company, Kelleher International, which promised ideal matches from around the globe, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
Instead, Ms Daggett, a 62-year-old divorced mother of four, was introduced to a procession of incompatible suitors, according to documents filed in a federal court.
One candidate, an Australian entrepreneur, whisked her away on trips to Panama and Costa Rica.
This would have been fine had the man not embarked on a trip around the world with his former partner the day after returning from Panama with Ms Daggett.
Ms Daggett was also introduced to a man, described as the “Serial Lothario” in court papers. An executive with a Fortune 500 company, he ended their relationship without explanation, having spent Christmas and Thanksgiving at her home.
Then there was a man who said he was waiting for his terminally ill wife to die before dating once more.
Another match, hailing from Charlottesville, Virginia, was she claimed prone to lying uncontrollably. Ms Daggett then had to pursue a stalking complaint against him.
Ms Daggett, who has reached a settlement with the dating agency, said she had hoped to find someone to spend her retirement with.
She told the court social dating sites “did not provide her with the degree of screening and privacy she was looking for.”
Amber Kelleher-Andrews, Kelleher’s chief executive and a former actress who appeared in Baywatch and Melrose Place, defended her company.
She told the paper that it had been responsible for thousands of marriages.
The company worked to end courtships fairly and reasonably, she said.
“It doesn’t always work out.”
It was also reported that a woman recently found herself on a date with a man who arranged six dates on the same night in the same bar. When asked why he had double-booked, because he’s a “project manager” who likes to manage his time.
He added he was “looking for love” and on the quest for his “future wife.”
Just when things couldn’t get any crazier, Pylant later discovered this man on his sixth date of the night. Pylant’s best friend Katrina Avila took a photo of the pair of them. Let’s hope she asked permission before taking the photograph!
In those situations, where you are looking for love and feel let down by the agency, the agency has an obligation to provide you with details of a certified ADR Provider if your complaint is rejected- so we would say, don’t sue- mediate!