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Last Laugh! Company Offers Escape Route for Bad Date

Elliot Spagat (
Wed, 19 Apr 2006 20:40:22 -0500

By ELLIOT SPAGAT, AP Business Writer

Secure Networks USA LLC says it has just the escape route for painful
dates: A plea you can pre-arrange online before your encounter.

Here's how it works: Before your date, go on the Internet and scribble
a message to friends and family. Set the time for the message to be
sent -- by cell phone, e-mail or instant messaging.

If the date is going well, cancel the message by logging on to the
Internet from your cell phone. If you don't cancel, your friends will
spring into action, such as by placing a call that could give you an
excuse to say an emergency has come up.

Secure Networks said it introduced the Secure Singles free
notification system because it was "alarmed by the prevalence of
dating disasters and online predator stories that continue to be
reported around the world."

What if the date is going well and you forget to cancel the SOS?

Jenny Gilcrest, a spokeswoman for the San Diego-based company, said
friends would call and learn that it was a false alarm.

Of course, that interruption might have killed that passionate moment.

Copyright 2006 The Associated Press.

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