Woman loses case against dat­ing agency

Bray People - - NEWS -

A small claims case brought by a woman against a dat­ing agency for breach of con­tract has failed.

Susan O’Brien took ac­tion against Sharon Kenny, owner of The­match­maker.ie, for breach of con­tract after she said she was sent on two ‘dis­as­trous’ dates.

How­ever, Ms Kenny ar­gued that Ms O’Brien’s ex­pec­ta­tions were too high and that she put too much pres­sure on both dates by con­tin­u­ously ask­ing them how much money they earned.

Ms O’Brien, who de­scribed her­self as a civil ser­vant in court, said she had paid €325 in good faith after meet­ing with Ms Kenny in the Dublin city Cen­tre.

Her re­quire­ments were that any po­ten­tial date had to be full-time em­ployed, and phys­i­cally and men­tally in good health.

She said the first per­son she went on a date with ‘wasn’t dressed prop­erly and had messy, un­washed hair.’

She said she told him she didn’t ‘fancy’ him but still of­fered to buy a round of drinks or go out for a meal. She said the date left abruptly after telling her he pre­ferred ‘for­eign women’ to Ir­ish women be­cause they were bet­ter in bed. He also wasn’t em­ployed full-time. The sec­ond date she went on ap­peared to be go­ing well un­til Ms O’Brien was told by the man in ques­tion that he had can­cer and had been for treat­ment ear­lier that day.

She also claimed that the man later told her that he was a re­cov­er­ing al­co­holic and had ad­mit­ted too us­ing drugs be­fore.

‘I’m a very straight laced per­son so this shocked me.’

She added that she re­quested a re­fund be­cause she didn’t con­sider this a date.

Ms Kenny said when she first met Ms O’Brien, it was in­sin­u­ated to her that the money any po­ten­tial date was earn­ing was im­por­tant. ‘I said it’s not all about money, it’s about love.’ After talk­ing to Ms O’Brien’s dates, she added, ‘I said you can’t ask a guy how much he is earn­ing. You can’t put peo­ple un­der that sort of pres­sure. Your date felt re­ally, re­ally bad.’

She also al­leged that Ms O’Brien sent her nasty and abu­sive text mes­sages.

She con­tin­ued that Ms O’Brien re­quested her dates be ‘tall, dark and hand­some’ with­out grey hair and had to be aged 50 or un­der.

‘This is de­spite the fact she is 53 and has grey hair her­self. Her ex­pec­ta­tions didn’t seem re­al­is­tic.’

Judge Wil­liam Early dis­missed the claim as the terms and con­di­tions of the orig­i­nal con­tract hadn’t been made clear to him.

In sum­mary, he said, ‘en­coun­ters be­tween men and women can be de­light­ful and fun, but they can also be prob­lem­atic and fraught. There is no guar­an­tee of suc­cess. I have a sus­pi­cion that Ms O’Brien’s ex­pec­ta­tions were too high ini­tially.’

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