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McKenna on dating services: Get it in writing

OLYMPIA -- Attorney General Rob McKenna offered some advice to people who sign up for dating services: Get the terms and the promises in writing.

The state recently settled with a King County dating service, Great Expectations, for new restrictions on how the company can market its services. Some unsatisfied customers got partial refunds. Seems the company was overstating the number of members to choose from and not disclosing all costs. (Such a surprise!)

"Anyone willing to pay for assistance in finding a soul mate deserves to know exactly what they're signing up for," McKenna said.

Which is not as harsh as it could have been, like "anyone willing to pay someone to find them the love of their lives should just light their money on fire."

So read the contract before signing and make sure everything you've been promised is in there. "It's much easier to enforce a written contract than an oral promise," he said.

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