14 Real-Life Horror Stories Of Tinder Dates Gone Wrong

When most people sign up for an online dating account, they're looking for someone to fall in love with. But it seems like an increasing number of users these days aren't finding love so much as experiencing horrifying encounters with uncouth strangers. Horror stories of online dating are showing up all over the Internet now, with people speaking out about their experiences more than ever before.

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 they warrant calling the police, Tinder users have plenty to say about why they should have swiped left.

  • He Ended Up In The Midst Of A Coup

    In July 2016, Englishman Phil Stephenson found himself in Turkey during the country's failed 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 them, they landed in the country just as the coup was getting started. To make matters worse, the two had very different ideas of how the trip should go. Stephenson was looking for casual fun while his date, Nicole Graham, reportedly wanted something a little more serious.

    "As soon as we got on the plane she was wanting to hold hands," he said. "She was a nice girl, don't get me wrong... Unfortunately it was a Tinder date that went wrong."

    Speaking to The Northern Echo, Graham had her own commentary about the date: “It was the worst time of my life - and he nicked my toothpaste."

  • Rosie O'Donnell's Daughter Was Reported Missing

    If you're going to hang out with sketchy guys you met on Tinder, 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 Rosie O'Donnell, went missing for nearly a week in the summer of 2015. After reporting the incident to the police, 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 named Steve Sheerer. Chelsea met Sheerer on Tinder and was apparently with him of her own accord. According to O'Donnell on Twitter, Sheerer had previously been arrested for drug-related offenses. His case was later dropped.

  • They Matched With Their Cousin

    From Redditor /u/maiwang:

    I was on tinder this weekend at my family's 4th of July party and got my only female cousin on my screen. I clicked yes as a joke... it was a match. We never talked about that.

  • She Was Insulted By A Finance Guy

    It can be hard to take a blow to your ego. But for some guys, especially those who work in finance and have "made 32k since June," it can be damn near unbearable. After this woman refused to answer his aggressive string of texts, most of which were insulting her, Finance Guy went off.

    He told her that not only is she a "6," but also that Sex & the City has "f*cked up the minds of so many chicks in our generation."

  • A Match Got Clingy Fast

    From Redditor /u/Joskilatrix:

    It was horrible. I installed the app for fun and just to f*ck around with when I'm bored, ended up matching with a girl and talked to her for like 2 weeks and exchanged numbers & FB info. She was pretty, seemed really cool, and we shared a lot in common. Eventually she said we should hang out, and I said sure. We met up at a mall and just walked around and talked for about an hour, and I left. After I left, I knew I wasn't going to pursue her. Over text she seemed pretty cool, but in person she was just...off, idk I can't really explain it. Anyway, within 2min of me getting back in the car, she texted me wanting to know my real opinion on her now. Kinda weird, but whatever she seems weird so I just replied saying yeah she's cool and whatever. Big mistake.

    Over the course of the next 2 hours, I received over 80 texts, about 10 calls and a couple VMs, all of her crying and saying I need to move in with her and her Dad... I needed to take care of her. I was blunt with her in saying no and this can't go on anymore and to stop contacting me, but nothing changed. I had to delete my FB profile, block her number, etc. I deleted the app after that.

  • The Froyo Experiment

    Out of curiosity, three Brigham Young University students decided to set up an experiment on Tinder to see how many men would be willing to go to a froyo shop to meet up with a Tinder match that was good looking but provided no information about themselves. Using fake pictures, they accumulated about 250 matches, all inviting them to the same shop at the same date and time.

    Over 70 males between the ages of 19 and 30 showed up. Hey, at least Yogurtland got some good business that day.