Friday 2 December 2016

Tinder date in Turkey turns out to be 'more scary' than the coup

Published 17/07/2016 | 22:11

The failed military coup in Turkey was not the reason why a Tinder date in the country did not work out for two Britons
The failed military coup in Turkey was not the reason why a Tinder date in the country did not work out for two Britons

A man who went on a Tinder date to Turkey with a woman he had only known for 12 hours said he is going on a boys' holiday to Ibiza to get over it.

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Phil Stephenson, 22, from Darlington, agreed to fly out with Nicole Graham, 22, from South Shields, South Tyneside, when one of her family members dropped out because of a passport issue.

They had matched on Tinder the day before but had not met before. And the date was not a success, even before the military coup on Friday night.

Mr Stephenson, now back in the UK, said: "I was more scared of her than whatever was going on in Turkey.

"As soon as we got on the plane she was wanting to hold hands.

"She was a nice girl, don't get me wrong.

"For me it was just a bit of banter, like two mates going away together.

"Unfortunately it was a Tinder date that went wrong.

"It was spontaneous.

"I've booked a flight to Ibiza with the boys and we're going on Tuesday.

"I'm going to enjoy a lads' holiday."

Ms Graham, a nurse, has opted to stay in Marmaris.

She told reporters: "I feel safe at the moment. I can't tell you how happy I am to see the back of Phil."

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