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Tinder is meant to be a mechanism by which to arrange dates and hookups, but it doesn’t have to be. For one brilliant woman, it’s a way to make some extra cash by doing absolutely nothing. Guys are initiating chats with her, then sending her cash, and she never has to meet them. Hell, she doesn’t have to do any work beyond giving them her PayPal email. How does she do it?
Tinder entrepreneur Maggie Archer, 20, simply added the line “Send me $5, see what happens,” to her profile. And dudes are lining up to see what happens:
The best possible use for tinder pic.twitter.com/bYs49yEds6— Maggie Archer (@maggiearch3r) March 22, 2017
Sometimes her matches ask what the $5 will get them, but she just tells them to send it and find out. And when they do? Well, Archer is $5 richer, then unmatches the sucker and never speaks to him again.
She’s not technically lying or offering anything in exchange for the money, so “it’s a foolproof plan,” she told BuzzFeed.
There’s a strong internet movement called #GYMTW—”give your money to women”—that has to do with restorative justice and the gender pay gap, but also with financial domination, a fetish where “paypigs” get off on giving to “goddesses” until it hurts. In that context, it’s no surprise that Archer’s experiment, kind of a light version of the GYMTW movement, has found loads on fans of Twitter.
@maggiearch3r This is one of the best uses of bamboozlement I've ever seen— juandizimo (@r_juan19) March 24, 2017
@maggiearch3r I hope this doesn't go viral too quick I'm tryna scam my way into a car— Chelsea (@chelswds) March 25, 2017
Now she’s just know as “the Tinder girl,” and her clever scheme has drawn comparisons to Twitter’s most famous bamboozler, Joanne the Scammer, the original “messy bitch who lives for drama.”https://twitter.com/yshestressinme/status/845851021339324416
Not everyone is happy about her game, though.
“Some people are definitely upset about what I’m doing,” Archer told BuzzFeed. “Mostly men.”
Commenters have accused her of “outright stealing,” and one person has started a Twitter account dedicated to spamming Twitter with what appears to be a fake nude photos of her.
It’s very easy to avoid Archer’s scam, though: all you have to do is not log into your PayPal account, not enter her email address, not set the amount to five dollars, and not click two separate confirmation buttons to send the money. If you happened to invent some weird expectations about what she owes you for your five bucks, that’s not on her.
If the measure of a good successful trolling attempt is that it makes people irrationally angry, this one certainly qualifies. And it’s profitable, too!
It might not last long, though. Some women who’ve followed in Archer’s footsteps are already reporting that Tinder has closed their accounts.https://twitter.com/painfulxlust/status/846068780749017089 https://twitter.com/heyjulz_/status/846077895101566976
Jay Hathaway is a former senior writer who specialized in internet memes and weird online culture. He previously served as the Daily Dot’s news editor, was a staff writer at Gawker, and edited the classic websites Urlesque and Download Squad. His work has also appeared on nymag.com, suicidegirls.com, and the Morning News.