However, I was never to provide any personal contact information, so they’d have to keep paying their membership fees just to maintain our “relationship” …yes,.The number of messages I received each day grew higher and higher until I was receiving a few thousand messages each day.In return, he’d no longer have to stay in hotels when he was in town, and he’d “no longer have to feel lonely when visiting” because he’d have a place to sleep…and someone to sleep Unfortunately, no matter how strange or creepy a man was, I had to respond, or I was fired.As creepy as this all was, oddly enough, there were a few positive moments.At times, I felt like I was brightening the day of some men that needed it.
When that happened, I was instructed to simply point them to the Terms of Service they had agreed to – buried within paragraph after paragraph of legal jargon was a line they had snuck in that made users aware of the fact that they may receive messages from “online ambassadors” that are paid to interact with members.
I ended up spending my days on AIM and reading message board after message board after message board.
At that time, the economy was still in its post-9/11 slump, people weren’t buying many houses, and as a result? No matter how many times I asked, no one would assign me extra duties.
Oh, and that “Online Ambassador” logo that was supposed to appear on my profile?
Was actually a tiny, well-hidden graphic that said “OA” – and out of every single person that contacted me, only two men ever questioned what that meant.
Most of them began confiding in me about how lonely they felt, which broke my heart.