An Atlanta woman is lucky to be alive after an online dating encounter left her on the side of the road where she’d been robbed and shot in the face.
According to Atlanta news station 11 Alive, the unidentified woman met a man who went by the name of “Cash” known as “King Lucciano” on Badoo.com. The pair agreed to meet at 1 a.m. on Christmas Eve at a Days Inn and head to Waffle House. Cash decided that the diner food was too expensive, asked the woman to park in a dark area and she refused.
As they headed back to the hotel where they met, he pulled out a gun and demanded her purse and cell phone. She relinquished the items and tried to get out of the car, but not before he shot her. Thankfully, the bullet only grazed her face and she’s been released from the hospital.
He has not been apprehended.
There are plenty of online dating horror stories out there with this illustrating reason #1 why women need to be more vigilant in their safety when choosing to meet someone from a dating site. Here are some safety tips to help you out.
1. Meet at a public place… during busier hours.
Ok. We’ve all heard that we should meet strangers in a public place. But let’s not forget that other people need to actually be around. If you’re meeting somewhere in the wee hours of the night while everyone is sleeping, there is cause for concern. There is safety in numbers and the more eyes you have around, the less likely it is that you are in danger if things take a turn for the worst.
2. Drive yourself to and from the date location.
This is a biggie. You should always drive yourself to the location. If you can’t then perhaps you should suggest a group date with friends so that you have a buffer in case things don’t go as planned. The worst thing is being stuck on a date from hell without your own transportation. You don’t want to give control of the amount of time you spend together over to your date.
3. Tell people about your date and have some verifiable details.
Maybe you don’t want everyone to know that you’re looking for love online, but you should at least tell one person. Give them all the details– name, phone number, where you are meeting and what time you expect to be home. Include any other additional details you may have. Have someone call and check in during the date. It will let your date know that you are not completely alone and someone knows about them. If you need a way out, your friend could have an “emergency.”
4. Watch your drinks.
Ideally, you should stay sober on the date, as alcohol impairs judgment and lowers inhibitions. The last thing you want to do is make yourself an easy target. Don’t leave your drinks unattended and don’t accept drinks that you didn’t order or didn’t see being poured.
You should never feel embarrassed about taking precautions when it comes to your personal safety.