An Oregon man was robbed during an Arby’s date after going through the drive-thru for a milkshake, and it was the first time the couple met in person.
23-Year-old Jeffrey Mack from North Plaisn Oregon, met 20-year-old Heather Dureen Hegre on a dating website, according to the Examiner. The first time they met in person was at a local Arby’s around 10 p.m.
Mack handed the window clerk a $5 bill and received two $1 bills in change, which he put back in his wallet, and then placed on the centre console. Unfortunately for Mack, his kind deed went to waste after Hegre grabbed his wallet, opened the passenger door, and ran across the parking lot.
Mack called 911, and police were able to track down Hegre and her minivan. Inside, police say they found Mack’s wallet, along with hypodermic needles, two jars of hash oil, marijuana pipes, a scale and a pill bottle of a material suspected to be meth. Sgt Dan Kraus, Wilsonville Police Department spokesman, said it was an interesting vehicle.
“The two $1 bills were still in the wallet … That was all the money he had.”
On one hand, the Oregon man being robbed at Arby’s was not quite a romantic night, but Jeffrey Mack did the right thing by meeting her at a public place. However, think of the bullet he dodged by only getting robbed of $2. Imagine what would have happened if he took his date back to his house.
That being said, imagine how dumb you would feel after robbing someone of $2. She can’t even buy another milkshake. It was definitely a strange episode, according to Opposing Views.
While these online services may seem harmless, their growth is making victims out of people through robbery and sometimes Cyberstalking. While this service allowed us to communicate with others through the internet, this also allowed the communication with malicious users. While malicious users often use the internet for personal gain, this may not be limited to financial/material gain.
Online dating is a personal introductory system whereby individuals can find and contact each other over the Internet to arrange a meeting at a public place, such as Arby’s, with the objective of developing a personal, romantic, or sexual relationship.
The website services try to match people based on several computer algorithms, but there are some sites that simply connect anyone who wants to meet, and some people will pick weird places such as an Arby’s parking lot. Users usually provide personal information to enable them to search the service provider’s database for other individuals. Members use criteria other members set, such as age range, gender and location.
Sometimes these services are used to defraud victims or to otherwise take advantage of them. This is what happened with the Oregon man getting robbed at Arby’s by his date. These are people who look for vulnerable victims on Internet services.
There are other ways to defraud victims by stealing personal information, which can even lead to identity theft. A very common form of Internet fraud is the distribution of rogue security software. Internet services can be used to present fraudulent solicitations to prospective victims, to conduct fraudulent transactions, or to transmit the proceeds of fraud to financial institutions or to others connected with the scheme.
A few years ago online dating was a strange and undiscovered country. Now, it’s practically the norm. But because everyone jumped into the online dating scene so fast, proper caution isn’t always followed.
These days, many of us are getting romantic through virtual winks and private messages, or by simply perusing a prospective match’s age, sex, location, weight, height, self summary, favorite movies, and leisure activities through his or her dating profile. Online dating has become so popular that it was how nearly 25 million people searched for love in just one month of 2011, according to a study in the journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest. That number is still growing today.
This Oregon man who was robbed at an Arby’s by his date is something to learn from. Don’t post contact information online, and be careful what you share. Also, it’s always a good idea to meet the person with another friend at a public place.