A widower looking for a new romance is suing a dating service, claiming it dropped the ball on his love life.
The New York Daily News reports that New York insurance broker Michael Fleischer filed a $100,000 breach of contract lawsuit against LastFirst, which bills itself as a “bespoke matchmaking service.” Fleischer claims that he paid the company $24,000 for its matchmaking expertise but was only set up on five dates over the course of a year and was not introduced to any “particularly special” women.
The 60-year-old filed his lawsuit Thursday after LastFirst allegedly declined to refund his money. The company has not yet commented on his filing.
Fleischer, who lost his wife of 26 years to lung cancer nine years ago, said he was tempted to sign up for the matchmaking service in hopes of having another shot at love.
“I had a great marriage with someone that was everything, all rolled into one,” he said. “And you know, the connection is what we all — what I — thirst for and look for.”
But he claims that LastFirst “sucked” him into paying for their services. According to Fleischer, the company pursued him, first over the phone and then by introducing him to representatives he described as “very attractive young ladies.”
“And they tell you how special you are, and how they have some amazing professional women they’re willing to introduce you to — and you get sucked into it,” he admitted. “I figured, you know what, maybe there is magic to be found.”
Last April he signed two contracts, for “consulting services” and a “social referral service.” While social referrals, or setups, only set him back $1,000, the consultations cost another $23,000. The consultations were intended to include “concierge services” ranging from personal styling to relationship advice, but Fleischer’s suit claims he never received them in the end.
He was set up on dates with five women but was left underwhelmed.
“No offense to anybody, [but] they weren’t any different to anybody I would meet down the street,” Fleischer said.
The still-single Fleischer told the New York Post that his ideal woman will be a “life partner for the ups and downs, the good and the bad, the fun and sadness.”
“Intelligence is a turn-on,” he said, adding that he has a soft spot for “tall, blond athletic women.”
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