One Woman Scammed Dozens Of Dudes Into Massive Tinder Date At Union Square

by Stephanie Maida · August 20, 2018

    In some Anna Delvey-meets-The Bachelorette sort of scenario that could only happen in New York, one woman scammed dozens of unwitting Tinder dudes into attending a massive dating competition in Union Square this Sunday, complete with physical feats and "live swipes," in which men were put into lines of, well, "swiped left" and "swiped right." WTF?

    According to Gothamist, a woman named Natasha Aponte, whose Instagram bio classifies her as an "actress, model, singer" (oh boy), reached out to a bunch of potential dates via Tinder, inviting them to meet her at her friend's DJ set in the park. When asked where, exactly, they should meet, she promised she'd find them if they waited near the front of the stage.

    Upon arriving, men were confronted with a sausage fest of confusion. As Twitter user (and duped Tinder guy) @bvdhai explains, "I make my way to Union Square. Eat a hot dog and look over by this open lot by 17th Ave and there is a stage and a DJ and about 100 ppl and cameras and shit and I think well this is some random ass Manhattan shit...Eventually I see a girl moving towards backstage with two enormous bodyguards in sunglasses and [realize] it's her and I'm thinking WHAT THINE FUCKETH IS GOING ON."

    Natasha eventually took to the stage and poorly explained some sort of "Live Tinder" idea. She also instructed Trump supporters and "guys named Jimmy" to leave. Needless to say many of the attendees were not happy. Nevertheless, plenty participated in the races and other competitions their deceiver had set up for them, as this video posted by Gothamist shows:

    While word is still out on whether Natasha met the man of her dreams on Sunday, she seemed to be enjoying herself at a VMAs pre-party later in the night

    Well, y'all, you know what they say: Love is a battlefield.

    [Photo via @bvdhai]