Tinder, now one of the most popular online dating websites, is not exempt from these scary stories. From simple tales of strangers losing their temper in a message to situations so out of control that they warrant calling the police, Tinder users have plenty to say about why they should have swiped left.
Here are 14 horrific Tinder dates gone so very wrong. These stories will make you second-guess swiping right ever again.
Woman Falls Off a Balcony While on a Tinder Date and Dies
Warriena Wright, 26, was on a Tinder date in Australia in 2014 when she felt to her death off her date's balcony. Her date, Gable Tostee, was charged with murder and manslaughter after her death, but in October 2016 a jury found him not guilty.
The two met while Wright was visiting Australia's Gold Coast for a wedding. The two went to Tostee's apartment and had a few drinks before Tostee allegedly told Wright she couldn't leave his apartment. In an audio recording that Tostee made while Wright was in his apartment, she repeatedly asks to leave while he threatens to throw her off the balcony. At one point, prosecutors said Tostee strangled her.
Eventually, she went to the balcony in an attempt to climb down. Instead she fell 14 stories and was killed. His attorneys said Wright was attacking him, that Tostee put her on the balcony to create distance between the two, and she jumped off.
In December 2016, a medical examiner said they were reopening Wright's case.
Englishman in a Turkish Coup
In July 2016, Englishman Phil Stephenson found himself in Turkey during the country's failed military coup, thanks to a Tinder date. A woman Stephenson matched with on Tinder asked him if he would travel to Turkey with her after her family dropped out of the trip at the last minute. Free trip to Turkey? Sure. Why not?
Unfortunately, for Stephenson, they landed in the country just as the coup was getting started. To make matters worse, the woman wanted a romantic getaway, while Stephenson was looking to go clubbing and enjoy a vacation. Speaking to The Northern Echo, Stephenson said:
"It’s not just because of what’s happening in Istanbul that I want to come home – I think the girl thought she was getting a romantic holiday with me, but I just wanted a bit of banter...We got here and there were two single beds but she pushed them together – I told her I was upset about everything that was happening in Turkey and slept on the sofa.
Now she’s slagging me off to everyone 'round the pool for sitting with my headphones on....My mates are telling me to stick it out because it’s so funny but it’s not ISIS or terrorists I’m scared of, it’s her."
Drug Dealers and a Nationwide Search
If you're going to hang out with sketchy guys you met on Tinder, it's probably best that you call your mom and let her know where you are. Especially if your mom is a famous comedian who can (and will) use the power of social media to track you down.
Chelsea O'Donnell, the 17-year-old daughter of comedian Rosie O'Donnell, went missing for nearly a week in the summer of 2015. Rosie first reported Chelsea missing to the police on Sunday, August 16. By Tuesday, there was still no sign of her, and Rosie turned to social media for help. She posted messages on Twitter and Instagram asking the public for any information they could provide.
By Wednesday, police had located Chelsea. Turns out she had been hiding out with a 25-year-old convicted drug deal named Steve Sheerer. Chelsea met Sheerer on Tinder, and was apparently with him of her own accord. She hid in his attic when police came by to question him. According to the authorities, Sheerer had been the subject of a two-month narcotics investigation. Rosie O'Donnell posted on Twitter that he had been convicted of third-degree possession of heroin with the intent to distribute in the past.
Source: Gawker, USA Today
I'm Telling Your Mom!
Most women are used to getting creepy messages on Tinder and usually ignore them. But when California's Lori Zalabak received an extremely aggressive, vulgar, and insulting response from a guy she refused to answer in regards to the size of her boobs, she did more than just ignore him. In fact, she didn't even just respond. She took her reaction to the one person the guy probably wouldn't want her to: his mom. She contacted his mother to let him know the kind of things his son was saying to people on Tinder – though she is yet to receive a response.