Online dating is always a little risky, but one woman thought she’d met a nice guy after being introduced virtually by a mutual friend.
Jasmine Triggs, from Fort Wayne, Indiana, had spent a week talking to a man known as Jamal on iMessage.
Jamal lived in Texas and invited her out for a date.
The 23-year-old who owns a baking business spent $380 on a plane ticket and flew 1,500 miles to see her online love interest, only to find that he had blocked her number while she was in the air.
Jasmine arrived at the airport to discover she had been stood up and was now stranded in Texas – as Jamal had promised to pay for her flight home.
She said: “I was talking to this guy for about a week and he asked me to come out to Texas.
“We were talking and talking and talking every day, about where he went to school, how he’d been a cheerleader and had a robotics company. I liked him.
“We’d been getting to know each other but it was sexual as well.
“He was asking me sexual stuff and he was saying he couldn’t wait to see me and that he’d cleaned his living room for me.”
However when she arrived in Texas after a five hour journey none of her messages to him would go through.
“All my messages were sending to everyone apart from him so he’d obviously blocked me.
“I didn’t hear from him all morning and once I landed, I called him, but I realised he’d blocked my number and I was panicking. People from the group chat were calling him and he blocked them as well.”
Thankfully, Jasmine knew someone else that lived in the area and was able to go and stay with her friend for a few days.
But even now she has no idea why she was stood up.
“Either he thought it was funny or he could have had a wife or girlfriend because he started saying he didn’t know me but he shouldn’t have left me at the airport.”
She later posted the experience on Twitter to warn others about the dangers of meeting up with people they’ve never met in real life, without at least FaceTiming them first.
Her post garnered a lot of attention, wracking up around 70,000 likes.