NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — What began on Tinder and ended in Union Square became “an epic tale about subterfuge, dating in the 21st century and the fall of human civilization,” according to one Brooklynite.
Twitter user @bvdhai posted a series of tweets on Aug. 19 detailing his misadventure with a young woman he met on the social dating app.
“This actually happened to me and it could happen to you too,” he says. “Get some popcorn.”
The author tells of making a connection, planning to meet and then having to reschedule due to a “huge presentation” his potential paramour will be working on for a couple weeks.
“I thought well that’s an overly elaborate way to ghost someone,” he posted. “I say ‘lol I wouldn’t be offended, I totally get it. Hit me up when you’re free.’ She says ‘thank you, I was worried you would think I was trying to blow you off haha but for sure I’ll text you in like a week, I’m excited.’
“In my head I’m like sssssssuuuuurrrreeee,” he said.
Jump forward to the day of the date, starting with meeting in Union Square where a crowd had gathered to hear a performer setting up for a show.
It was a show all right. Guess who’d been played?
Turns out the woman took to Tinder to chat and invite all the men in the crowd to meet in the park at the same time.
“She gets the mic and is like thanks for coming out I bet you’re all wondering what this is about,” said @bvdhai. “Then she says I’ve invited you all here for a chance to go on a date with me and proceeds to give a hunger games speech about what its gonna take to date her.”
All across Union Square, guys looked at their phones and realized the same thing.
According to NYMag, the mastermind behind this stunt was Natasha Aponte, an Instagram model whose social media accounts have since gone private.
“This is top 10 greatest finesse of all time,” said @bvdhai. “Dudes actually stayed and played. I went home.”
So how did the experience affect our lovelorn author?
“I TRUST NO ONE. I TRUST NOTHING ANYMORE,” he tweeted. “VANITY WILL BE THE DEMISE OF HUMAN CIVILIZATION. DON’T GET GOT. THE END.”
Plenty of men walked away, but the hundreds who stayed were sorted and swiped through even further.
“Guys were lining up in a line and she was like ‘left, right, left, right’,” scam victim Eliezer Marte said.
Marte adds he also matched with Natasha on Tinder, and she invited him out just like the rest of the dupes. With each of the guys she hoodwinked, she used the same exact script. 22-year-old Spencer, who also matched with her on the app, says he left once it was clear they all had been tricked.
“Some guys were holding flowers, a lot of guys were very excited to see this woman who is a con artist and a duplicitous liar,” he said.
A representative for the wannabe bachelorette denied an interview, but told CBS2 she organized the elaborate dating game to show the harassment women face in online dating by flipping the gender roles.
“She wanted attention and she got it,” Spencer said.
Whatever her intention, the stunt left a sour taste for many of the young bachelors. Her rep says Natasha did pick a winner, but we’ll have to wait and see if their love lasts.