Dating services weren’t always as smooth as they are today. Back when you had to physically send in videotapes, or effectively be given blind dates based on some written information and a photo, things were liable to go wrong from time to time.
But in 2017, the entire process has been streamlined. You can decide whether you like the look of someone or not, then just swipe right or left, fine-tuning until you find a few suitable candidates. But what I didn’t even know until today, is that there are higher levels of dating services for those that have the money to pay for it.
Kelleher International offer match-making services that cost between $25,000 and $150,000. The latter sum is the “CEO Level”, and was the option that one client took, expecting the finest dating services the world could offer. But as it turns out, the treatment she got is something you would be offended by even if you were getting it for free.
Darlene Daggett, the 62-year-old former executive from QVC, paid the high-end matchmaking service Kelleher International $150,000 to help her find the “highly-screened” eligible bachelor of her dreams. The “CEO Level” guarantees you matches from around the globe and the personal attention of the company’s owner, Amber Kelleher-Andrews.
The company, which is the United States’ largest privately-owned matchmaking service, promised her love, but few of the 25 dates they sent her way resulted in a second. According to Center City lawyer M. Kelly Tillery, the matches included:
“Men who were married, mentally unstable, physically ill, pathological liars, serial Lotharios, stalkers, convicted felons, and men unwilling or unable to travel and/or the subject of professional sanctions”
As you can imagine, this isn’t the kind of results you would expect from paying $150,000 worth of exclusive dating services. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Philadelphia, as it seems that Keller International did not live up to their end of the deal.
She had all kinds of dates that didn’t go well, from a man who told her he was waiting for his terminally ill wife to die, to an Australian man who claimed he was working for Interpol and needed to “go dark” for a while. He disappeared for a while, messaging her to describe the “clandestine operations taking place in Eastern Europe”, but in reality he was really just on a 13-month tour of the globe with his ex.
But the worst case had to be one man who uncontrollably cried on the first date and lied about his wife being killed. After she broke things off he continued to show up at her home, prompting Daggett to pursue a stalking complaint. She was left “genuinely frightened for her personal safety and that of her family,” the suit says. He was later arrested and charged with an unrelated $10.5 million federal bank fraud.
I think it’s fair to say she didn’t get her money’s worth, though the mere idea of paying that much for a dating service seems completely bonkers to me. The suit was settled in court, though neither disclosed exactly how much she earned back from the whole affair.