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New site makes sure the date you found online isn’t a felon

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Let's say you're browsing your preferred dating site and you spot a particularly hot guy/girl. You like the same music, watch the same TV shows, and you both really hate people who are "fakes or flakes!!!" You want to ask this person out on a date, but the problem is: how do you know you won't wake up in a bathtub full of ice, missing a kidney? (If you wake up at all, that is.) Well, now there is a crop of new sites that will do a background search for you and make sure there are no felony charges hiding in your date's past. From the New York Times:

“What we want to do is provide some degree of safety,” said Robert Buchholz, a retired New York State Police captain who, with Andrew J. Scott, a former police chief in Boca Raton, Fla., founded MyMatchChecker.com, a Web site that went live in April, enabling people to request background checks on anyone they have met on a dating site.

Mr. Buchholz and Mr. Scott, who each have more than 30 years of law enforcement experience, said that having daughters inspired them to try to make online dating safer. Their company offers a basic background search for $9.95.

There are also several smart-phone apps that will do a quick and dirty sweep, for those of you who are concerned about your safety but not really that much. And while I encourage people to think about their own safety when meeting new people, be it online or otherwise, I get the feeling anyone using these sites will mostly find busts for pot and unpaid parking tickets.