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Posted on 08/21/2004 3:00:15 PM PDT by qam1
(New York-WABC) Even in a city as big as New York people say they have trouble meeting other people to date.
One company is trying to change all that -- by allowing men to hire "Wing-Women" to accompany them out on the town. So we sent our Tinabeth Piña to find out what's going on.
Single guys listen up!!! If I told you I found women who are willing to introduce you to single women in the city you'd go for it right? I knew you would so I got you the 411 -- check it out.
Amna Shamim, Wingwoman: "Absolutely, this is like the best job I've ever come into."
Amna Shamim is not your average woman, she's a wing woman -- whose sole purpose is introduce eligible New York City bachelors to single women.
Amna Shamim: "A woman approaching a woman is different than a guy approaching a woman, or a woman approaching a guy. Because we have sisterhood bonds. If I came up to you and I was like, 'Oh, my God, I really love your shoes.' We would start talking about your shoes. And then in comes my male friend. And you're already in a good mood, we've already established a bond. And that's extended to my friend."
This whole concept is the brain child of Shane Forbes, a 29-year-old computer programmer who realized the positive aspect of hanging around with women to meet other women.
Shane Forbes, Founder, Wingwomen.com: "I had a couple of my girlfriends and I went out with them a couple times. And it sort of worked for myself. And I told my friends about it, and they were like, 'How come we can't do it?'"
So Shane put his idea to the test around January of this past year, and 100 clients and 25 wing women later, he has grown quite a profitable business.
Shane Forbes: "Two of you guys and a girl looks like a fun bunch. A people who see people having fun want to be part of that fun. So the enthusiasm is like contagious in the bar, you're having fun and people just want to join you, and the next thing you know you're having fun with tons of girls."
All this fun comes at a price. For $50 an hour a single man can book a Wing Woman for the night. Remember, she is only your wing woman for the night, not your date.
Amna Shamim: "It's literally the same thing as going out with your male friends. When he sees someone that he likes you introduce them. It's really a lot less technical than people think it is. Just hanging out having fun and introducing people -- it's like a social hostess."
Chris Mathews, Wingwomen Client: "My experience has been very good, to me actually. I've used it twice, once with a group of four other guys. We split the wing woman, if you will. And we all went out together, and just had a good time. And yes, she acted as a social lubricant of sorts."
Shane Forbes: "A lot of guys they're already like established professionals. They don't have as much time as they used to have to go out. So, when they do go out -- since our service does help you meet women they maximize their time."
It also maximizes the Wing Women's pocketbooks, because they can be paid up to $30 an hour.
Amna Shamim: "I have something to do during the day, and I get to go out at night and get paid for it."
Let me tell you this service is a win-win situation for all involved! And its even expanding from NY to Miami.
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I thought it was called bait jank.
If they need a Wing Woman, why don't they just GET SOME FRIENDS?????
First, I'd have to know how many girls to the ton?
Doesn't matter, just melt em down and start creatin'! :-)
AMBUSH JOURNALISM...OR MY EVENING WITH CAVEMAN CHRIS MATTHEWS
As I am seated at the table with Matthews, who I am meeting for the first time, he cracks a joke--and not in a well-meaning way--about how I look. (There are quite a few people who are hung up on this.) "Are you sure you are old enough to be on the show? What are you? 28?" I grit my teeth. He badgers me again with the same question. I politely answer his question and supply my age.
(I wonder how Matthews' wife, the respected TV journalist Kathleen Matthews, who hosts a show about working women, would react if informed about her husband's treatment of a fellow female journalist. I've been in the business a dozen years and would be happy to talk to Mrs. Matthews about my firsthand experience with Neanderthal chauvinism in the workplace.)
Sounds like a form of pimping to me.
Probably because men tend to be friends with women they are interested in.
Hmmmmmm. Sounds like a John Cheever story, I have forgotten the title.
"I gave myself to many lonely soldiers."
I'm doing the internet thing right now. The bar scene in Seattle S-CKS!
I don't know...I think I have met most of my girlfriends at that age from female friends and roommates. Ya know the "I know this guy" sort of thing. Now my wife I met at work, but that was hush as it broke rule #9 at the establishment, LOL.
He had State troopers bring women to him. No need to pay an hourly fee. The taxpayers paid wages.
I seem to remember understanding this concept in the 16-18 years old range.
Chrissy alert! ;)
The words "social lubricant" jump out at me. That's a new phrase!
Down, boy! ;D
The best way for a straight guy to meet women is join a musical society or a drama club.
Because there are always tonnes of single women involved in these, and majority of guys involved are gay.
If a straight bloke joins he'll have the pick of dozens of women! Honestly, I've had at least five of my straight male friends meet their wives through the two musical societies in my town.
(PS...it helps if you can sing! *L*)
Because there are always tonnes of single, liberal women involved in these, and majority of guys involved are gay.
You think conservative women can't sing, dance and act as good as liberals?
.....you know where I'm coming from...(g)
I always thought they were best at actually thinking.
Well that rules me out, Last time I sung was Kariokie and I ended up starting a riot and well let's just say it ended with me promising the judge I would never sing in public again.
This one will make you say "Hmmmmmmm......"
LOL!! Told ya that's what you'd say!! He he he!
I lost 10 IQ points just reading that sentence.
No kidding. I guess it's because they wouldn't get their names in the papers for that.
My best friend pulled something like this on me.
Set me up on a date..
In her words at the timer, "Because deary, you're just so pathetic at choosing who to date on your own. That's why."
Just my luck.
Do they bring donuts?
It was fun, almost like getting thrown out of stores in the mall..
Tuition assistance, ping!
"Hey....you're that guy from American Idol, aren't you?"
Yep, he's "Hung"!
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