I can’t remember a single time someone said to me, “You totally look like so-and-so!” and I agreed. So when a former co-worker sent me a message on Facebook saying “You have a doppelgänger on Plenty of Fish”, I braced myself. He sent the picture and I hesitated to look at it.
“If she’s not as cute as me, I’m going to be offended,” I thought to myself. Of course curiosity got the best of me. I looked.
Whoa. She was 100% as cute as me.
Because she WAS me!
I remember taking that selfie on Park Avenue! This was no doppelgänger, this was Mary Lane POSEUR! A robber! THIEF! If that picture looks familiar it’s because I took it for and featured it in this blog post: Yankees VS Mets and What to Wear to a Baseball Game.
A catfish was using and abusing a selfie they’d stolen from THIS VERY BLOG.
If you are not familiar with Plenty of Fish, it’s an online dating website. One I myself have never used. But now it was being used for me!
- My name was “Sarah” (not as cool as Mary Lane)
- I lived in Connecticut (ew)
- I was 27 (thanks identity thief for thinking I look 2 years younger than I actually am)
- I was a red head (uh…despite the picture totally showing blondeness)
- My profession was Teacher (how fucking wholesome)
- I had “Average” body type (UM–)
Average body type!? Excuse me?? If you’re going to pirate my picture at least call me “Thin”! RUDE.
I couldn’t help but stare at the profile. I felt like I’d be cast in a role:
“Wholesome girl-next-door, wife-material. Basic, kinda boring, but totally sweet. Fresh out of a long-term relationship. Vulnerable, totallllllllly on the rebound. Suburban man catnip.”
Was this me in an alternate universe where I got in a serious relationship my first year in Manhattan, moved with him to the suburbs, and was now broken-hearted and stuck out there?
Was this parallel universe Connecticut bitch getting messages? Did people want to date her?
Would I be more successful in dating if I was a generic sports fan who laughed at men’s jokes instead of trying to make them laugh at mine?
That’s a rhetorical question. I know I would be.
It was so weird someone was using my picture. I wanted to know the full story! I am such a sucker for a good story that I created a POF account just to message my picture pirate. I know, I know, kinda crazy.
The picture you are using is actually of me. Seriously, I took the selfie in April and posted it on my blog. It is not meant to be used for fake dating profiles….I am curious as to why you are using it? Are you a man or a woman? Are you spying on someone? If you have an interesting story, maybe I’ll let you keep using it. Otherwise I’m reporting you.
Hey, if “Sarah” was getting revenge on a cheating boyfriend, I wanted to be there for her! However, my message went unanswered. I realize “Sarah” is most likely a creepy asshole.
But the picture was taken from my blog which makes me wonder….”Sarah” are you a reader??
Plenty of Fish makes it surprisingly difficult to report this kind of issue. I’m working on it, but as of publishing the Sarah88_CT profile has yet to be taken down. If you’re reading “Sarah”, email me at newyorkcliche[at]yahoo.com
What celebrity do people say you look like? And if anyone has a fake online dating profile or catfish story, please share!