We know there are cads prowling internet dating sites, but Diane Cooke’s friend’s discovery was a bit of a shocker
Many of us have experienced bitter disappointment after internet dating, although I can’t complain as I met my partner online.
But it’s not for everyone. A friend called me the other day wanting to meet up because she’d had a bad experience on a website for mature romantics.
This Cheshire lady is beautiful, intelligent and wordly-wise. She wasn’t looking for love, more companionship and a few laughs. So when an ageing rocker-type, who looked like Keith Richards, with a talent for side-splitting banter and erudite conversation, rocked up, she was bemused.
But over the months it grew into something more fuelled by his amorous overtures and masterfully-produced glimpses of his life sent to her on an mp3.
It all contributed to her belief that he was a man of gravitas. Although he said he dreamed of moving to be closer to her, she thought it was too soon.
But then she got a huge shock when she received a message on her phone the morning after he had departed from a four-day charm offensive. It was from a lady down south who looked remarkably like her, apart from the fact that she was dark-haired.
The ‘other’ woman was hurt and distressed after spending that very night with the ageing Lothario. So my friend, feeling sick, called her up. He’d also professed love to this lady, talked about a life together and had even sent her the same mp3 messages.
The pair compared times, conversations, venues – they’d both been taken to the same Chinese restaurant and been subjected to the same jokes with the owner. He’d declared his undying love to both women and was clearly assessing who was the better bet financially.
They both tackled him independently and relayed the answers back to each other. He’d been well and truly outed yet he didn’t go to ground easily, trying his luck with feeble excuses.
The ladies in the meantime decided to meet up thinking that as they had the same taste in men they may also have other things in common. They did and had a hoot.
They’re now best of friends and planning a girlie holiday together.
And they’ve promised each other that if they do any more online dating they’ll make sure they compare notes first.
Here’s to girl power!
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