Woman uses dating site to get meals and apple
One woman says he ordered more than 0 worth of food in one sitting.
(He was later sentenced to 120 days in county jail after pleading no contest to three misdemeanor counts of “defrauding an innkeeper by nonpayment” and one misdemeanor count of petty theft, and ordered to stay off Bumble and Plenty of Fish while on probation.)The noncriminal version of dating for food, it turns out, is not entirely uncommon behavior: A study recently published in the journal found that about a quarter of roughly 1,000 women surveyed said they had at one time or another elected to go on a date with an unpromising suitor in hopes of getting a free meal.
Which is to say, this study isn’t a perfect indicator of how common “foodie calls” really are.
One interesting contribution of this study, however, is that it also took stock of respondents’ personality traits.
Esteban Rosas, a 26-year-old resident of Phoenix who works for a credit-card company, says he often gets messages on Tinder from men he isn’t particularly drawn to, but a few times a month, he’ll take them up on their invitations to meet up if he has nothing else going on.This can end in a scenario where “no one’s actually taking anything seriously,” he laments.Ultimately, people probably need to be “Extra Careful” when swiping on men too: Last year, a 45-year-old man in the Los Angeles area was alleged to have deceived a series of women he met online, going out to eat with them and then ducking out before the bill arrived.(The study didn’t look at men’s traits and worldviews.)The habits of the women in the study are enabled by cultural expectations: A strong majority of straight daters believe that men should pick up the tab on the first meet-up.Nevertheless, for the majority of the women surveyed, that alone isn’t enough of a reason to go out with someone.