Woman successfully sues dating company over lack of available men

Ciara Sheppard
Contributor Yahoo Style UK
Tereza Burki won £12,600 in damages, plus an extra £500 for “distress”. [Photo: Getty]

Being unlucky in love can sometimes feel like you’re being personally victimised.

You blame your friends for the awful set-ups, your past relationships for the bad habits, and more often that not you turn the blame on yourself.

But for divorcee, Tereza Burki, she was certain the only one that should be taking accountability for her failed search for love was her dating app – and the courts agreed. 

Burki, 47, has successfully won £13,100 in damages from elite dating agency Seventy Thirty after it failed to introduce her to the match she hoped for. 

Seventy Thirty, based in Knightsbridge, was sued by the mother-of-three for deceit and misrepresentation. 

On Wednesday, Judge Richard Parkes delivered the ruling that the app had misled the businesswoman about its “exclusive” membership perks.

Judge Parkes said: “Gertrude Stein quipped that whoever said money can’t buy happiness didn’t know where to shop.

“This case is about a woman looking for romantic happiness who says she was tricked into shopping in the wrong place, paying a large sum to a dating agency which, she says, made promises but failed to produce the goods.”

Burki’s had set out her criteria as looking to find a “sophisticated gentleman”, ideally employed in the finance industry, who lead a “wealthy lifestyle” and was “open to travelling internationally”.

She also wanted the man to be willing to have more children as she desired four in total.

The judge claimed that Seventy Thirty’s managing director, Lemarc Thomas, claimed there was an abundance of wealthy men on the agency, causing Burki to hand over £12,600 for her membership.

In the settlement, this £12,600 was returned in damages, plus an extra £500 for “distress”.

Susie Ambrose, the founder and company director of the agency, said Burki had joined with “lofty and unrealistic” expectations of how many men she could meet.

“We are a niche, exclusive agency, not a mainstream, mass-market online dating service. We are not going to have thousands of members because there simply aren’t thousands of single, wealthy, high-calibre prospects out there,” Ambrose said.

She added: “By her own admission in court, Ms Burki never read the terms and conditions … Ms Burki was found to have libelled Seventy Thirty, as the judge said that we had sourced excellent matches for her. Therefore, her remarks about us being a non-reputable and fraudulent company were deemed untrue and entirely without foundation.”

Let’s hope Tereza has more luck from here on out!

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