The BeautifulPeople.com dating website has hit the headlines for giving the boot to 30,000 members who were mistakenly admitted to the ranks of the gorgeous.
The site calls itself the “largest most exclusively beautiful community in the world”, adding that users can “meet real beautiful people who actually look in real life as they do online” (previously, many a World of Warcraft player has been burned in this department).
Furthermore, members can “browse beautiful profiles of men and women without sifting through all the riff raff”, but a virus attack which was allegedly triggered by a disgruntled ex-employee meant some of the riff raff got in.
Members vote on the looks of aspiring candidates for the site, and if they get enough thumbs up, they’re allowed to join. But the virus messed with the voting results, allowing some 30,000 people in who the organisation believes are too ugly to have a membership, according to a report in the Guardian.
Hence they’ve been booted off the beautiful network, at the cost of something like £60,000 in refunds to those who had paid up for membership (many were still free trial members).
As you would imagine, being told that you’re actually not one of the beautiful people, but are in fact too plain or ugly to join hasn’t gone down too well with many of the folks involved.
Still, they’ll probably find in the long run they’ll be better off with the riff raff, who can perhaps fit a personality in their head rather than just an ego.