When Mary Kay Beckman was looking for love, she went to Match.com and met a man there named Wade Ridley. They went on a few dates, but after awhile, things weren't working out, so she broke up with him. A pretty common modern-day dating scenario ... until it became anything but.
When she broke up with him, he went crazy. And, according to KVVU-TV, one night in January 2011, he stabbed her in the face dozens of times, smashed her head with a rock, and stomped upon her face. Then he left for her dead.
Fortunately, she survived, but now she's seeking justice, and it's Match.com that she thinks should pay. She's filed a $10 million dollar lawsuit against the site because it didn't warn her that something like this could happen.
There's no doubt Ridley was evil. Less than a month after attacking Beckman, he met another woman through Match.com and killed her. He was sentenced to prison for murder where he later died.
But was the website responsible for telling her there are people out there like that in the world? I don't think so. Beckman's attorney, Marc Saggese, says the lawsuit is about "failure to warn". He says Match.com doesn't offer any kind of warning about the dangers of dating, and people feel a false sense of security.
"Match does nothing to ensure the safety of its people, but you pay $30, you think you're getting some type of protection," Saggese said.
Really? I've never used Match.com, but I would think no such thing. It's online dating, and anyone can upload a profile. Just like any guy you meet a bar could be a bad seed, so too could anyone you meet online. So yes, we should remind ourselves and our friends that there are sick people out there and to use caution, but Match.com no more owes a warning to customers than a nightclub does.
It may be prudent in Match.com's case to add a warning; it can't hurt. But it's ridiculous to think that an absence of such a warning would have made any difference in this case at all.
Do you think Match.com should have to pay in this case?
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