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Suit says Tampa Bay man, 86, couldn’t cancel dating contract despite pandemic

In a Pinellas lawsuit, Alexander Sheen says Sun Coast Introductions did not refund nearly $5,000 despite notes from his doctors.

An 86-year-old South Pasadena man filed a lawsuit against a Florida dating service, saying he could not get a refund even though he had doctors' notes saying he should stay home during the pandemic.

Sun Coast Introductions, which bills itself on its website as “the best place to meet quality local singles" with offices in Tampa, Sarasota, Naples and Largo, was sued earlier this month in Pinellas County court.

The dating service, which calls itself “Florida’s Premiere Matchmakers,” lists categories, including Christian, divorced, mature, over-50, professional, senior, serious, widowed and other singles looking to meet someone, according to the website.

The lawsuit says that widower Alexander Sheen signed a contract with Sun Coast Introductions in February and paid $4,995 in exchange for eight introductions over the course of a year.

The contract allowed for a cancellation “if upon a doctor’s order, you cannot physically receive the services,” said the lawsuit, which included a copy of the contract.

After the coronavirus crisis hit, Sheen provided letters from three doctors about the state of his health, the suit says.

“With this pandemic going on, it is strongly recommended that he refrain from going out," except for medical appointments, one of the doctors wrote in late March.

The lawsuit says that Sun Coast Introductions did not respond and did not give him a refund. The suit asks for more than $8,000 in damages and requests attorney’s fees and costs.

Reached by phone on Monday, Sheen declined to comment. His attorneys and Sun Coast Introductions LLC, which lists corporate addresses in Loxahatchee and in Broken Arrow, Okla., did not return calls or emails for comment.

In July, Sun Coast Introductions was sued in small claims court in Pinellas County by a woman who said she paid $3,500 for eight introductions.

The lawsuit said she had little in common with the first man, the second didn’t qualify based on her criteria and the third didn’t show up. The lawsuit accuses the company of falsely stating they had "an inventory of local men” who met the woman’s specific criteria.