Dating website failure: Mum awarded $22K

A woman seeking a wealthy boyfriend has won £3,100 ($A23,000) in damages after an elite dating agency failed to introduce her to “possibly the man of my dreams, the father of my child”.

The High Court ruled Tereza Burki, a businesswoman living in London, was misled and deceived by dating agency Seventy Thirty about it’s “exclusive” membership, the Guardian reports.

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The 47-year-old mother of three approached the dating service in 2013 in pursuit of a new partner, however, Judge Richard Parkes noted, her requirements were “not modest”.

She wanted a “sophisticated gentleman”, ideally working in finance and leading a “wealthy lifestyle”. He must also be “open to travelling internationally”. Plus, most importantly, he must be willing to have more children (she’s always wanted four).

And so, armed with her lengthy checklist, the hopeful singleton signed up to the agency, forking out the £12,600 ($A22,000) fee.

“False and misleading” 

Upon reviewing the facts, the judge found the agency’s managing director Lemarc Thomas had claimed there was a substantial number of wealthy male members, who would fit Ms Burki’s requirements.

This was false and misleading, he found, given there was only about 100 active male members at the time, which could not “by any stretch of the imagination” be described as a substantial number, let alone those who would meet her criteria.

Having known this, Ms Burki would unlikely have joined the agency, he said.

The payout 

Ms Burki brought her action to recover her initial membership fee as well as damages for emotional distress. She was awarded £12,600 in damages and £500 for distress.

However, Seventy Thirty also counter-claimed for defamation and was awarded £5000 over a Google review Ms Burki left in April 2016, in which she accused the company of being non-reputable and fraudulent. The court found the company was not running a fundamentally dishonest or fraudulent operation.

Susie Ambrose, the founder and company director of Seventy Thirty, said Ms Burki had joined with the “lofty and unrealistic” expectations, adding, “We are a niche, exclusive agency, not a mainstream, mass-market online dating service. We are not going to have thousands of members because there simply aren’t thousands of single, wealthy, high-calibre prospects out there.”

Mother wins $22k from dating agency that failed to find ‘man of her dreams’

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