Carrot app bribes dates. CAN’T get anyone to fall in love with you? Just “bribe” them with money or a new set of breast implants.
It sounds a little like prostitution to some commentators but that’s the philosophy of a new online dating app called Carrot founded by tech entrepreneur Brandon Wade.
The premise of Carrot is that suitors who don’t think they have any redeeming personal qualities can just “bribe” a lucky lad or lady into going out for a bite or drink.
But the bribes not only include buying a potential lover a night out but a tank of petrol of even plastic surgery as well.
“By ‘dangling’ the right ‘carrot’ in front of beautiful girls, suitors can convince anyone to say ‘yes’ to a first date,” Mr Wade wrote in promotional material.
“Give a dog a bone and it will obey. Give a woman a present and she’ll …” he continued, before trailing off.
Wade has brewed up an online cash-for-dating empire out of his own nerdsweat but has sparked a fierce backlash from commentators who believe his business model is misogynist.
At his first site, SeekingArrangement.com, so-called “babies” could find a “sugar-daddy” who could shower them in gifts in return for “friendship, or intimacy”.
In 2011 he founded what he called ‘the eBay of dating’, WhatsYourPrice.com. The only difference was that instead of purchasing a second-hand Xbox, users could “buy the first date”.
Business Insider’s Christina Sterbenz wrote: “This problematic app is teaching men that women are greedy idiots who can’t see through blatant and pathetic misogyny.
“For the record,” she continued, “if you offer a woman a present in exchange for a first date, then you’re implying she can be bought, just like a hooker.”