FORT MILL, S.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - A South Carolina state lawmaker introduced legislation on Tuesday that, if approved, would allow people to cancel contracts with dating services.
People in South Carolina are turning to "elite" dating services that charge thousands of dollars in an attempt to find love.
"A three-day right of rescission bill for these entities that are selling love when they don't deliver on their promises," SC State House of Representatives member Mandy Powers Norrell said. "It would give people three days to change their minds and go back."
House Bill 3965 was referred to the committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry on Tuesday.
"We have a three-day right of rescission for a lot of contracts in South Carolina," Powers Norrell said. "Real-estate contracts and time shares and things like that but we don't have a three-day right of rescission for what's called entertainment contracts and dating services would fall under that."
FOX 46 has been investigating two companies in Fort Mill -- Charlotte Matchmakers and Carolina Introductions. FOX 46 received complaints from people who signed up with both dating services who said they were left with empty promises and empty wallets.
A FOX 46 producer went undercover to Carolina Introductions and found out they charge up to $11,000 for dating services.
A number of women reached out to FOX 46 with disappointment in both Charlotte Matchmakers and Carolina Introductions when they realized they could not get out of their contracts -- even when, they said, dates weren't happening.
Charlotte Matchmakers recently sold their assets to the company Brotherton Holdings, which runs Carolina Introductions.
Carolina Introductions hired some of Charlotte Matchmaker's employees. Charlotte Matchmakers had an F-rating with the Better Business Bureau before shutting down.
"When Carolina Introductions acquired the assets of Charlotte Matchmakers, it did continue to employ some the staff," Carolina Introductions attorney Wes J. Camden said. "However, none of the management stayed with the company, as they were not a good cultural fit. The staff that did stay on were placed under direct supervision of a new regional director. As previously mentioned, the two South Carolina branches enjoy BBB ratings of A+ and B-."