Single woman, 65, sues 'highly personalised' dating service after paying $7,000 to be set up with a convicted criminal who has outstanding warrant
16:01 GMT, 21 June 2012
A woman is suing a matchmaking website for setting her up on a date with a criminal.
Jeanne McCarthy, a 65-year-old from New Jersey, paid $7,000 to Two Of Us, a dating site, in January of 2011 to allow its self-described 'highly personalised compatibility search' to find her a romantic match.
She was later paired with a 73-year-old man from Arizona who had three drink driving convictions and an outstanding criminal warrant.
Outraged: Jeanne McCarthy (pictured), who used the matchmaking service Two Of Us, is suing it after it set her up with a convicted criminal last year
The man's name is unknown.
Ms McCarthy, a technical writer, filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of New Jersey in Mercer County on June 4 against PMM Inc, which is doing business as Two Of Us in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.
The lawsuit, filed on the grounds of breach of contract, fraud and consumer fraud, states that the company promised to 'provide one or two matches over a two month period [and] evaluate and screen the matches'.
The website 'merely collects a fee from anyone who signed up and would simply match members at random', according to the lawsuit.
Cupid: The website, pictured, promises a 'personalised' experience that is supposedly more thorough than that of typical dating sites
The website states: 'In today's society, it's important to consider the safety of our members. We meet everyone in person and conduct background checks (where applicable) on all members so you can feel more secure about the people you meet.'
It sells itself on the fact that it provides a more thorough matchmaking service than those of typical dating websites.
Ms McCarthy has requested for her money back as well as unspecified damages.
The lawsuit added 'only two matches over a five-month period' were provided by the website, as well as just one date.
It also reads: 'To her horror [McCarthy] determined that this one date involved a man
with three drunk driving convictions and [an] outstanding criminal
warrant in Arizona.'
'This man had three drunk driving convictions and an outstanding criminal
Ms McCarthy had been on the hunt for a man aged between 58 and 67 who led an active lifestyle like her, according to The Trentonian newspaper.
After she had not received a suitable match in the specified time frame, she 'terminated the agreement and demanded an immediate refund of her fee' according to the lawsuit, to which the website refused.
Ethan Baker, vice president of operations at Two Of Us, said this incident is completely isolated.
'We are proving a service that deals with people's emotions,; he said. 'It's not like you have one product and you can tell if it's defective.
Each person and result varies dramatically.
'One person may be
disappointed with one introduction but the next can lead to a lifetime
with someone else.'
He added: 'We don't guarantee dates, we guarantee introductions. After we provide the exchange of information for two members, it's up
to them to talk to each other, set up a date and do what they need to
'That's clear in the contract as well.'