Dating Site Expells 5,000 Members After Holiday Weight Gain
- 2010/01/05 16:18:06
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It's probably kind of discouraging after awhile. Expecting a winner, but getting an ugly. I don't know. I'm superficial, I guess, but not that superficial. Looks take a backseat in my book to brains and other traits, like kindness.
But it appears that not everyone is of my mind. Thanks to a dating website called Beautiful People (dot) com, you can put those days of showing up to a date expecting one thing and getting another behind you. No longer will you have to show up to a blind date to find an ugly person waiting for you.
But those on this site who have overindulged over the holidays may find themselves in a bit of a bind. The fate of the "chubbies" of the site (their term, not mine) was democratically voted on by other members of the community and over 5,000 members were let go based on pictures.
The site's founder, Robert Hintze, had some particularly delightful words about the whole situation, "Letting fatties roam the site is a direct threat to our business model and the very concept for which BeautifulPeople.com was founded." The company was founded to be elitist and unfair because they wanted to make sure that their members dated people that they were attracted to.
The standard application process only accepts one in five applicants, so this isn't exactly business out of the ordinary for the site. The site manager Greg Hodge hopes that the members reapply when they've lost the pounds and were given some resources to encourage weight loss.
Certainly quite the PR move on their part. Hope that the members were let down with a slightly more graceful email than the statement calling them "chubbies." And it makes me wonder how many are going to lose the weight and go back onto the site.
Would you want to be a part of a dating site like this?
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