Tuesday, June 3, 2008

According to clients, there’s more to Lunch Date than meets the eye

Posted By on Tue, Jun 3, 2008 at 5:09 AM

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Clients say you shouldn't expect to find this guy among Mike Green's roster of 600 eligible singles.
Dating in Cleveland is hard. People work long hours, students graduate from college and move to larger cities, and that well-written personal ad you so loved on Craigslist turns out to be penned by a hooker. So some Clevelanders, desperate for love, are willing to pay big bucks to find it, doling out upwards of $800 to personal matchmakers. Mike Green of Lunch Date promises great things for the love-lorn, namely a database full of upscale, professional, good-looking matches that he’s personally sorted. One would expect they’d all be single. Maybe people shouldn’t have such high expectations… According to a string of messages on about.com and e-mails to Scene, Green may not possess the entire cast of 600 fabulous men and women he promises. Instead, say posters, he has lots of fabulous single females but not so many available men. So if Green can’t find anyone to date his female clients, he simply turns to his friends, former users allege – even if those friends happen to be engaged. “My girlfriend and I both joined the service and we were set up with the same men,” former client “Mary” angrily writes. “Men who were already involved and doing Mike a favor.” One might chalk the experience up to coincidence -- if Mike’s “friends” didn’t admit their transgressions. “I was one of Mike’s go-to guys,” Thomas writes. “I didn’t pay for the service because Mike promised me he would fix me up with a “hot babe” if I took one of his pigs out. I am embarrassed to say I went out with women as a favor knowing I had no interest in them. The sad thing is I was also used because Mike never fixed me up with the “hot babe.” And if an experience doesn’t go positively, users say, Green tends to blame the client. When one potential client asked about the bad experiences of a former patron, Green declared that the woman was a “cheap slut.” The client was taken aback. “I found the comments hurtful and even took them personally,” she says. She began to wonder what Green might say about her behind her back. When Scene called Green, he seemed in a rush to get off the phone. “I can’t fathom who would be saying that,” he said, adding that “I have well over 200 marriages under my belt. People can say whatever they want … we do our best. We’re highly legitimate.” But he didn’t seem particularly pleased with our line of questioning. “Write whatever you want,” he said, before hanging up. “Everyone knows the type of junk Scene writes anyway.” – Rebecca Meiser

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