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Thu, Jul 15 2004

Where Is Felon Seeking Felon?

I was reading an article from Reuters this morning, and an ad over on the right side of the browser window caught my eye. I don't usually pay much attention to dating service ads, but this one had some phrasing that was a bit different. It said something like "no married people allowed and we screen for felons". Being the curious sort, I ended up going to their site and checking out the hype. There's a graphic at the bottom of their home page that says "Warning! Criminals and married people will be prosecuted". Who knew that one day married people would be lumped in with the criminal element? I guess that's why George Bush was so anxious to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman. You know what they say. Know your enemy.

The dating service site also claims to do background checks on people who sign up for the service. I started thinking about that. Felons are screened out. So where does the average felon go when he or she wants a dating service? I did a search on Google for "dating service for felons" and found nothing. I tried "dating service for ex-convicts" and still got no reponse. Nothing came up for "dating service for people with a criminal record" either.

So there you go, aspiring entrepeneurs. The U.S. Bureau of Justice claims, if current trends continue, 1 of every 15 people will serve time in a prison during their lifetime. There are probably more than a million people in prison this very minute. Some of them are going to get out. Soon. And some of them are single. Even if only 1 tenth of them used your dating service for felons, you'd have a chance to get possibly 100,000 people to sign up. If you charged 100,000 people only $35 apiece, you could be talking good money here.

And let's face it, folks. With the recidivism rate of crime being what it is, the possibilities for repeat business could be endless.

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