Saturday, April 21, 2012
Match.com Member Caught Using Spreadsheet to Rate Women
We'd like to hear what you think of this guy? Predator or playing the odds? - EOPC
By JEANE MACINTOSH
One of the women rated by a Manhattan investment banker who tallied his dates on a spreadsheet isn’t mad at him — but she’s furious at the woman who made the meticulously detailed list public.
“Why would she send it to the whole world?” fumed Liliana Beidaut, a 26-year-old makeup artist who got the highest rating, a 9.5, on the infamous Excel dating scorecard of finance whiz David Merkur, 28. “It was a really stupid move,” Beidaut told ABCnews.com.
The Romanian-born beauty is one of eight women whom Merkur contacted through Match.com in recent weeks — and then entered onto an elaborate spreadsheet with their pictures and a 1-to-10 rating of their appearances. The spreadsheet went viral on the Internet after Merkur foolishly sent it to one of his dates, a 26-year-old Upper East Side brunette named Arielle. She later sent it to her friends, and Beidaut is now furious at her indiscretion.
“My face is plastered everywhere now,’’ she said. “I was just thinking that I was using Match.com.”
Beidaut said she is “absolutely” considering legal action against Arielle. “I think he really liked the girl and he trusted her, so he sent her the thing,” she said. “I think she was spiteful.”
Another woman on the list — whom Merkur described as ‘’jappy” on his chart — told The Post she is horrified that her information was made public.
Merkur, who works for a Park Avenue real-estate finance firm, has apologized for sharing the Excel sheet with Arielle, telling The Post Wednesday it was a “serious lapse in judgment” for which he’s “deeply remorseful.”
Beidaut said she feels sorry for Merkur, with whom she has spoken only online and whom she has never met in person.
“I think the guy is really nice,” she said. “I don’t think he did something that bad. He was nice, and he was trying to keep himself organized. I think he took that seriously and was really looking for a girl.”
Meanwhile, Merkur kept a low profile yesterday, with his boss saying he wasn’t available to talk.
The son of a top New York retail executive, Merkur graduated with “high distinction” from Cornell University in 2006, according to an online résumé. He worked in investment banking at Merrill Lynch right out of college and then for a new Manhattan private-equity firm before landing his current slot as an associate director at Ladder Capital.