BeautifulPeople is a dating website with ruthless member screening. If you apply and you're not their definition of 'beautiful' you are denied and your account is deleted. BeautifulPeople has made the news before for kicking out 5,000 members that had 'let themselves go' and once again, it's back in the spotlight.
Apparently, a computer virus on their system allowed 30,000 new members to bypass the screening process and gain full access to the website. When the was figured out, all 30,000 members had their monthly subscription payment returned and were locked out from the website, costing the website over £62,000.
Greg Hodge, the director of the website claimed that "members pay to only have beautiful people on the website, and we can't scrape 30,000 ugly people under the carpet."
"We got suspicious when tens of thousands of new members were accepted over a six-week period, many of whom were no oil painting," Hodge claimed.
This month, the website triggered anger in Ireland when it said that Irish men were among the ugliest in the world. This was based on the reasoning that only 9% of male Irish applicants to the site were accepted. Only 20% of Irish women are accepted, compared with nearly 70% of Swedish women who sign up. Either Ireland does have ugly women, or Swedish women are more desperate.
Conceding that the latest set back was a "very embarrassing day", Hodge said he felt "very sorry" for the "unfortunate people who were wrongly admitted to the site and believed, albeit for a short time, that they were beautiful".
You'd think if Mr. Hodge did feel sorry for the people that had their accounts deleted, he's stop referring to them as 'ugly' every chance he gets.
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