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It's NOT just lunch
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They scammed me from the very beginning. She never told me I was going to have to pay the $1800.00 on the spot. So she made me sign a couple papers and now she said since I agreed to do it I would have to pay or it would be sent to collections. So I told her I had a Discover card-- they don't take that so I found some money and gave her $300. Since the at LEAST ONCE A WEEK she charges a check card I don't even know how she got the info to.

I wish this company would send me to collections because unless you want to cough up 2 grand good luck...
     
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Anonymous on 2010-03-08:
1,800 bucks?? Wow. You must have a copy of the contract. Read it thoroughly now and find where it says that. If not, 1,800 bucks might be worth a small claims case.

I checked their website and it doesn't seem you can get any pricing there. But I would like to call Stacy and ask about it as she seem very nice. :)
Anonymous on 2010-03-09:
Are you theee Jessica Simpson....?
Anonymous on 2010-03-09:
I don't think jessica simspon needs to join a dating site
Skye on 2010-03-09:
How can anyone make you sign something? She must have obtained the information from you. Can you cancel? You may have to pay a penalty, but it may be cheaper then being charged every week. Did they match you up with any dates??

Yea Wally, she's the real deal silly.
Anonymous on 2010-03-09:
Darn it and I was just going to try to score jessica's number anyhoo

You could just try the free dating sites without paying all that money.
Skye on 2010-03-09:
I was reading the newspaper today, and read an article, that people are meeting people through volunteer services, and getting together in high numbers these days.
Skye on 2010-03-09:
Wally, if I was single, would you want to take me out??
Anonymous on 2010-03-09:
OF course sky your Hot :)

Waaay better looking then that bimbo Jessica Simpson no offense to the op

Skye on 2010-03-09:
Wally, you sweet talking devil! Thank you.
Anonymous on 2010-03-09:
Skye is hotter AND smarter than Jessica Simpson
Skye on 2010-03-09:
OMG< am I blushing!!

I wonder if the dating service hooked the op up with any lunch dates?? Did she get anything for her money? The site doesn't even have an FAQ section or a cancellation policy section.
Fufu487 on 2010-03-09:
wow. 1,800....for that much I'll just ask someone out myself
Anonymous on 2010-03-09:
I would have to be pretty desperate to (get laid) have lunch to spend 1800 bucks...
Skye on 2010-03-09:
The dating site does have a catchy name. Not $1800.00 worth. I just hope the OP gets some lunch dates out of this. You never know, she could meet the one!
Anonymous on 2010-03-09:
Wally I would sleep with you for half that amount. Just kidding. I have better morals than that
PepperElf on 2010-03-09:
vodka eh?

>:-)

just kidding
Anonymous on 2010-03-09:
What? I heard vodka and came running
Skye on 2010-03-09:
Little, you were running so fast, you almost knocked me over!
Anonymous on 2010-03-09:
Sorry Skye. Here's a shot, on me
Skye on 2010-03-09:
Thanks Little, all better now :)
Skye on 2010-03-09:
And for someone so tiny and petite, you move like a gazelle!
Anonymous on 2010-03-09:
Um thanks?
Skye on 2010-03-09:
Yes its a compliment :)
Anonymous on 2010-03-09:
Wait til I've had a few shots in me. I'll move like a different animal then
Skye on 2010-03-09:
After a few shots, the animal comes out of me, lol~
Anonymous on 2010-03-09:
Wally has asked me to give you a few more shots
Skye on 2010-03-09:
That Wally....
PepperElf on 2010-03-09:
wait... the shots are on everyone?

like bodyshots?
Anonymous on 2010-03-09:
Peps get your mind outta the gutter
Anonymous on 2010-03-09:
Anybody else getting the Avatar type avatar google ad on the right of the review that looks like they are about to do something fun?
Anonymous on 2010-03-09:
TJ, I just see the super social online dating ad. Everything is better when you add the word super on the front end, right?

Anonymous on 2010-03-09:
Yeah.....they seem to rotate. Sometimes it shows 2 blue Avatar type characters in an "embrace"
Anonymous on 2010-03-09:
IDK, the great knowing internets just told me to do my own taxes online!
Anonymous on 2010-03-09:
You guys are a hoot! Dating services...ugh. Just ugh. A dating service sent my dad literature when my mother had been dead three days. I'd rather be the crazy cat lady in my neighborhood than give these crooks a dime. OP, don't walk away from this. Run.
PepperElf on 2010-03-09:
you're more apt to meet someone when you're not looking anyway
raven2010 on 2010-03-09:
There Is a woman here in the Columbus Ohio area who runs a "It's just lunch" franchise. I cannot believe she is still in business based on all the online reviews/complaints that specifically use her name.

One of my friends was ready to plunk down around 700 bucks to do the initial interview, one date, etc until she read all the complaints.
momsey on 2010-03-09:
Nope, Judge, the ad I'm seeing is Chinalovematch.com!

My best friend met her husband through a matchmaking service for which she paid something outrageous like $1800. I was really disturbed at the time that she was doing it, but she met her match and they've got a family now! I guess it all depends on your personal situation.
Ytropious on 2010-03-09:
I still fail to see why anyone would pay for such a service. I mean what is that 1800 dollars going to other than the owners pocket. It's not like she is paying for a whole lot, she isn't paying people to come to her or anything. Even if I was lonely and desperate I'd know better than to give 700-1800 dollars to some evil scamming witch. You should ask what that money even goes to! Go meet people on your own, it's more natural that way anyway.
PepperElf on 2010-03-09:
very good point - there's easier ways to meet people.

go and join a club that deals with something you're interested in. like a photography club, or a gardening club

the trick is... DON'T make finding someone your main goal. Just go out and have fun.

you're be more apt to meet someone that way
and if you don't ... you're still having fun
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IJL- It's Just Laughable
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I almost fell for the scam. I didn't realize I was being given the hard sell when I called to find out more about their services. I was very clear that I did not wish to date men who were still raising their minor children. The first date they called to set me up on was with a man with two kids under 12. When I said that wasn't acceptable, her response was "You need to be flexible." What am I paying $1700 for, if not for personalized attention? When I said the most important criteria in a man is his sense of character and values, she responded by telling me about potential dates' music preferences and hobbies. Sheesh, I can slog through all this on a free online dating site. I am paying to be matched with men meeting my criteria.

The best part is when I called to complain and potentially work out these difficulties- she started telling me how I was wrong. She never took the time to even listen to my complaint to see if she could resolve it. Then she pressured me to either commit to their service (again without even listening to my problems) or they would place in the "Undesirable" category and never allow me to use their service. Who treats clients this way? For over $200 per introduction (not date, intro only) I expected much better service. It's like they couldn't be bothered. I cancelled my contract within the three day time frame so I should be refunded my fees. We'll see.
     
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goduke on 2010-07-06:
You might want to contact your state's office of the attorney general or go after them in small claims court. These kinds of outfits operate with pretty much no regulation (licensing, etc.), so it's definitely a caveat emptor type of interaction.
Slimjim on 2010-07-06:
Having a 3 day cancellation window is the key. You'll never have to get into performance issues over the refund. If you don't get it timely, do as Goduke said and and file an AG complaint. A 3 day contact cool off on services are generally law in most states.
Anonymous on 2010-07-06:
If this is how people meet these days then no thanks.
I will stick with bars, mutual friends, Church, chance meetings, work, family friends or even CRAIGSLIST before I drop that kind of money to meet someone.
Thanks for info and good luck.
Ytropious on 2010-07-06:
In my experience it's true, you CAN'T be picky about love. I would have gone into one of those things saying my ideal mate was 5'10, muscular, caring, and with a good job. My HUSBAND is 5'8, husky, gruff at times, and his job is OK. Going into those things with rigid, inflexible rules is not the way to find love.
Anonymous on 2010-07-06:
Excellent point Ytropious.
Kids might be a hang up but music and hobbies?
Anonymous on 2010-07-06:
While I don't agree with the OP's strategy at finding romance or love, I do believe she has a valid complaint. She should get her money's worth for exactly the service she is paying for. Anything less, especially for that amount of money, should be pursued legally as other members above suggested.

That being said, with the exception of .000001%, there is no such thing as a perfect mate. The key is accepting and understanding your mates flaws and shortcomings. And forget trying to change or mold them into the ideal spouse. That's a wild goose chase in which you'll waste nearly your entire life. Accept the minor differences, and you'll almost come to appreciate those little things and cherish them.
Ytropious on 2010-07-06:
My point is, the company was saying "be open" and she was saying "no". The company KNOWS that someone being rigid and inflexible and not even giving this guy a chance is someone who is not going to find love through their service. My advice to the OP, be open to love! Anytime you have to specify what you "want", you run the risk of excluding someone who could end up being perfect for you.
goduke on 2010-07-06:
The perfect mate has two characteristics: (1) coma (for them) and (2) power of attorney (for me).
Anonymous on 2010-07-06:
BA Goduke! LMAO!
Anonymous on 2010-07-06:
I don't see where the OP was being unreasonable at all. She clearly stated she did not want to date men that were still raising minor children. Nothing wrong with that. She hardly deserves a beat down to be more flexible, or comments about how we disagree with her romance strategy. *Stew agrees*
goduke on 2010-07-06:
I agree. Oh..and add "rich" to my list of "coma" and "power of attorney."
jktshff1 on 2010-07-06:
+10 jc
PepperElf on 2010-07-06:
I rather agree.

Say I'm ordering a pizza and I say I want onions and mushrooms and they try to give me pepperoni and then tell me, "be flexible" I'm pretty much going to tell them to "stick it" and give me what I'm paying for.

Now I feel the company can perhaps say, "We have someone who meets your criteria except for XXX, do you want to try it?" but giving you the option of saying "no".

Granted, there may be a chance that what you want doesn't exist in the system but I feel they should tell you that before taking your $$$. However I doubt they will do that since it means you'd walk away, and above all else they want your $$$.


My own suggestion... oh you dropped them. That was what I was going to suggest. I mean if they aren't going to listen to what's important to you, there's no way in hell they can give you what you want in a match.

My second suggestion is, after dropping them, is to put the money you were going to give to them into a hobby where you might meet other people. That way you can actually get something back for your money. You might or might not meet someone while doing whatever hobby. but... at least you can have fun in the meantime.

Good luck!
jktshff1 on 2010-07-06:
That's DEEP Pepper.
momsey on 2010-07-06:
I agree with jc. She doesn't want to date a guy who has little kids. When I was single, I steered clear of guys with kids too! I also steered clear of guys who smoked and who didn't have jobs. I had standards, just like everyone else - some higher than others.

I don't see how the OP should be more flexible. She's complaining that the service was very expensive but couldn't meet her needs. It's just like any other business deal. If it isn't worth it, you don't pay for it and you tell other people what you think. She was smart enough to cancel within the cancellation window.
Anonymous on 2010-07-06:
I would NEVER let prior children factor in my decision when dating. That is just my own personal choice however...to each their own. Different people are looking for different criteria at various stages of their lives.
PepperElf on 2010-07-06:
thank jkt

I just figure that with a hobby, you can at least be happy even if you don't meet someone
and if you do... well you already know something the other has in common and can get to know each other w/out any pressure.

in my opinion friends make the best potential mates, cos you already like each other. ;)
Venice09 on 2010-07-06:
All I can say is that if you ARE opened minded and willing to take a chance on someone that does not meet your criteria, do so without thinking that person could change. You have to be willing to accept someone the way they are and not the way you want them to be. Don't fool yourself into thinking that the person will change to suit you or that you will change to suit him or her. Because even if someone does change, they are not being true to themselves and that will eventually affect the relationship.
shayen on 2010-07-07:
The OP, as she stated, is paying to be matched with men of a certain criteria. If the dating service cannot meet that citeria, they should have been upfront about that before any contract was signed and money changed hands... I am happy to say that I am "flexible" and don't really have any set criteria, when it comes to dating (there are the few obvious requirements, I.e. no serial killers, no mass murderers, no sexual predators, etc)and therefore don't have to drop thousands of dollars on dating services. Honestly, I can't imagine doing that, when there are so many other ways to meet people. Besides, its my experience that when you are "looking for love" you don't find it.
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