Now, Jerry had no intention of getting tangled up in this situation. It all began because he agreed to do his cousin a favor; the guy was excited about some girl he’d met online. He needed to use Jerry’s PC because his parents wouldn’t let him join dating websites on the family computer. So being a good cousin Jerry agreed to let him use his system to sign up with eHarmony. Jerry wasn’t really into online dating himself, but he figured this was a way to give his cousin a present for his 21st birthday. So he used a Groupon promo code and enrolled his cousin in eHarmony at a 50% discount from the regular rate for a year. Jerry only insisted that his cousin be honest in writing his profile and that he use truly representative pictures; he had no intention of being part of any phony online dating scam.
So after his cousin joined the site he came by regularly to check out new contacts or references. It was something novel and fun; Jerry found it amusing and entertaining. And that was how it all happened. Because when his cousin had to stay home and concentrate on studying for his exams, Jerry found himself wandering over the site. And he found someone he thought he knew on eHarmony.
Of course, he’d never used a dating site in his life so he didn’t really know the girl. But he had seen her around; it seems she was active in one of those community action groups. Jerry wasn’t too much into neighborhood activities, but he’d been to some meetings just to see her. And now he found her on this site! It didn’t take long for him to use another Groupon promo code and join; and he was able to prepare his own profile quickly since he had experience doing his cousin’s. By the time his cousin returned to contact his online friend, Jerry and his new contact were at the point where they were scheduling their first meet – at the library where she gave talks. Jerry’s cousin was concerned since he’d been out of touch with his friend for a week. But he agreed to play chaperone for Jerry. In no time, they’d both developed new social lives far more active than when they’d been playing computer games every night.