With over 7,000,000 registered users, the online dating app Scruff has an impressive selection of men to choose from, and while doing a little shopping for himself today on the app, the founder Johnny Skandros was so taken aback that his dinner invitation to a customer was not replied to, he felt compelled to publicly share a photo of the man’s profile and picture on Facebook to his friends and over 37,000 followers.
I messaged this guy to chat and see if he wanted (sic) go on a date. No response. See, I go through the same shit you guys do. Happy Saturday.
The post, which was removed before it was even five minutes old, was not received well by anyone who posted a reply on it, and now without there being a public forum to discuss Skandros’ actions I think it’s only fair that we reopen it right here with a screenshot of that post (photo and profile name redacted) so everyone can see it for themselves.
As is usually customary in the reporting world, when a story like this is exposed the accused or the perpetrator of the incident usually receives an email with a list of demanding question and a rather brisk deadline in which to return them in order to go on record when the story runs. No such email was sent to Scruff or Johnny Skandros, I figure that if they’re so comfortable in side swiping a customer publicly, then they should have no problem with it themselves. Fair is Fair right?
So, Johnny, if you or your PR team are reading this, and I’m sure you are because it’s being sent to your inboxes once this prints, there are a few questions that I think many people would like to know the answers to: 7,000,000 people at least.
- How can users of the Scruff app be assured that their photos and profile names or not being posted elsewhere on the Internet by Scruff staff?
- Have any customers filed complaints or grievances against Johnny Skandros in the past for being targeted or punished after refusing offers or invitations from him?
- Does Johnny Skandros have access to the personal information and data of Scruff customers and users that he engages in chats with?
- Does Johnny Skandros have the ability and access possible to know when a user has yet to read or has read a message he has sent to them.
- What safeguards are in place to ensure that the personal information and data of Scruff customers that Johnny Skandros chats with while using the app are not used for the purposes of retribution, harassment, intimidation or bribery?
- Is Scruff concerned that Johnny Skandros has now set an example that its customers and user should publicly shame people who do not accept invitations or requests?
- Has the post made by Johnny Skanros caused the company to question his ability to remain at the company?
- What changes will Scruff be making to their policies and procedures to ensure that this type of incident does not happen in the future.
- Will Johnny Skandros resign over the post?
And finally …
- Johnny, what in the sweet hell were you thinking?
If the founder of a company is supposed to represent his product, and set the tone for the type of environment and community users can expect, then what does the post made by Skandros say about Scruff. If this is only a symptom of a larger problem, what else is happening behind the scenes that Scruff’s 7,000,000 users don’t know about.
Scruff, Johnny, it’s your turn now … questions have been asked, and people are waiting to hear the answers. And if anything now happens to my Scruff account after this goes to print, Johnny, who should I call?