A planetary scientist who worked for NASA has slammed a man on a dating app after he asked her if she was “like, the receptionist?”
Dr Lauren McKeown matched with a man named Mikey on Hinge who left a comment on the part of her profile where she mentions she worked for NASA.
“F*** me that’s cool,” he wrote, “wait till I tell my parents”.
Dr McKeown then invited him to start a conversation with her – an option within the app that lets users tell other people they are open to talking to them.
Once Mikey had been invited to start the conversation, his opening line was: “So what are you, like the receptionist?”
He then continued his charm offensive, saying “Jk” – which means “just kidding” or “joking”, and added: “You look reasonably smart”.
Sharing screenshots of the romantic exchange on Twitter, Dr McKeown said: “And this, ladies and gentlemen, is why I am single,” with a facepalm emoji.
Dr McKeown was polite enough to reply.
“Smart enough to know at least, that judging a woman’s intelligence based on her appearance might not be the best way to initiate conversation.
“P.S. my mother is a primary school receptionist and is the wisest, most inspirational and kindest person I know. So much so in fact, my PhD thesis in planetary science is dedicated to her.”
Whoever the mystery Mikey is, he hasn’t responded (that we know of).
The people at Hinge were not pleased with this unpleasant user experience and have offered to pay for Dr McKeown’s next date.
They responded: “Yikes. Hinge has a zero tolerance policy for behaviour like this. We’re on it. And while we’re at it, your next Hinge date is on us. DM us! We hope you find someone worth deleting Hinge for soon.”