Two New York City women last week were awarded refunds from the Great Expectations dating service. One of them, called "Jennifer Doe" in civil court papers, paid $1,000 for six months of the service and claims she got no dates. The second woman, "Deborah Roe," paid $3,790 for three years of setups. She told the Daily News that she joined Great Expectations hoping to meet a fellow professional and instead "got a personal trainer and a salesman." Granted, records show that Roe rejected 13 inquiries from potential dates, and didn't bother to respond to two others.
But if this sets a precedent in which women will get cash back after every bad date, life is about to get substantially more luxurious.
Rebecca Traister writes for Salon. She is the author of "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" (Free Press). Follow @rtraister on Twitter.