My Worst Ever Computer Dating Experience
February 19, 2018 1:03pm CST
Most people I meet seem to have a nightmare story to tell about how a computer dating experience went disastrously wrong. Though I know a few that turned out well, most do not. My own experience was extremely depressing to me. It was in Summer, 1998. I wasn’t actually looking for a computer date. I was talking to online Vampire role playing people, as I have some interest in Gothic vampire culture. A lady I shall call only Kate got talking to me through Yahoo messaging services. We started going more and more into private message boxes instead of staying with the very busy main site. I was in Manchester, England. She was in Austin, Texas. I knew that she had two daughters, and that she planned to visit the UK. I suggested that she come and stay with me which she sounded happy to do. She wrote to me, and even phoned me. At one point, she spent a long time talking to my mother on the phone. I shared a lot of intimate personal details with Kate, more than I even post online. After a time, the date was set for her fortnight visit. I planned out all sorts of things to do, and places to go. I arranged the time off work. I also arranged a big party where she could meet my friends. As she got closer to coming over, I got both excited and apprehensive. She began appearing on the Yahoo message boards under different names and avatars. She seemed to have a variety of aliases. Some she told me about. I suspected that she had others. She was not very upfront about herself. On the day of her flight, she was on the Yahoo service right up to leaving to catch her flight. I should have been elated as it meant she would fly in within ten hours. She didn’t. She had refused to give me her exact flight details. She had not wanted me to see her at the airport, but had planned to arrive at my house. By the end of the night it was apparent that she was not going to arrive. I e-mailed her to ask what was wrong. Instead of replying by e-mail, she phoned me, or rather, her daughter phoned me. She told me first that her Mother was ill and had been rushed to a hospital. I asked what she was ill with and which hospital she had gone to. The daughter declined to tell me what ‘ill’ meant but claimed that she was in a hospital in Scotland. As she was supposed to have flown into Manchester, I realised that moving her to Scotland for taking ill on a flight or at an English airport was ridiculous. I asked the daughter how the Mother had ended up 250 miles off course. She told me that her mother had planned to see someone in Scotland and then come to see me if there was still time before going home. I realised that her story was being made up as I was hearing it. I pointed this out to the daughter, virtually telling her that she was lying, as she seemed unconcerned about her mother being sick enough to be in hospital in a foreign land, hours after flying there, whilst visiting a different person than she had claimed to be visiting. I thought the daughter would hang up on me, but she carried on, telling me that it was just not a nice person. As she did so, her voice changed. She was impersonating her mother, and doing it very well. I suggested to her that her mother was still right there in Texas. The daughter refused to say one way or the other, but she did tell me that on some occasions when I had spoken to the ‘Mother’ I was in fact telling my intimate secrets to the daughter who pretended to be the mother with the Mother’s blessing. The whole thing was a huge joke to them. I’d been polite in listening to and getting to the bottom of all this nonsense, but now I lost my temper, told the girl exactly what I thought of her and her mother, and slammed the phone down. I never heard directly from them again. I watched the vampire chat rooms she haunted for a while for any comments she might make about me, but she avoided talking about me at all. I’m sure she was there in some alias or other. Months later I got an e-mail telling the world abruptly and with no details that she had cancer and asking everyone to pray for her. The message wasn’t sent just to me, but to everyone on her mailing list. I just got it by chance. Some of the other names on the list were her own aliases. I realised she was playing on people again. There was unlikely to be anything wrong with her body, cancerously or otherwise. I was distraught, but my friends rallied round me superbly. The big party I was going to cancel went on anyway – everyone made sure of that. The support I got was wonderful. Suffice to say I have never again tried to date anyone without seeing them eye to eye first again. Arthur Chappell
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• East Tawas, Michigan
If you sent her money, that's all she wanted anyway. These are common scams, men are the victims just as often as women. My daughter met Christian, first at a coffee shop in her own town. After chatting over a cup of coffee, they both went home. The minute he laid eyes on my daughter, Christian said 'Nope, she's too darn pretty! There's no way I'll stand a chance, with this lady.' Two years later, they married and are very happy together.
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• Pamplona, Spain
So sorry you went through all of that. She could at least have told a bit of the truth. I would never meet up with anyone not unless I had seen them first and knew a bit about them. Okay a few dates like that have been known to work but most others not. Pleased you have such good friends.
• Pamplona, Spain
@arthurchappell You will meet someone when you least expect it. Now a lot of people just like to be friends to start off with. They are becoming more wary than before. ¨That program "First Date" is okay at least you see them face to face.
• United States
Yes it can be deadly dangerous as well to meet anyone She sounds like a real piece of work Sorry this happened to you I had a liar too but mine did not turn out so well..I actually went to meet them ..boy did I learn my lesson The details are too horrifying to put here
• United States
I'm so sorry that happened to you. I met my husband on Match.com. I told him no details about me for a while until I did some research that told me he was who he said he was. I had a few liars on Match too, it was fun to mess with them and trip them up.
Some people are really weird. I think you did the right thing not to cancel the party, at least you had a good time with your friends and you were able to talk about this bad experience and get support from them. Internet and the virtual world is a dangerous place.