Woman uses Tinder to find person to shovel her car trapped in snow

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Thursday, March 5, 2015
Susan Zalkind took to Tinder to find someone to shovel her car.
Susan Zalkind

It may have been freezing outside, but one Boston woman proved that not all the guys on Tinder are cold-hearted.

Susan Zalkind, 27, is a writer for Boston Magazine. In February, Zalkind's Honda Fit was trapped under a huge pile of snow after a recent storm.

"At first, I was responsible. When it snowed, I shoveled. When my neighbor threw a pile on the hood of my Honda Fit, I didn't complain. Too much. But at least I still dug out my car," says Zalkind in her article on Boston Magazine's website.

When Zalkind proved no match for the snow, she tried a new method to free her car: Tinder.

"In less than 15 minutes, I got 11 matches and three offers," Zalkind writes." It probably helped that it was the Friday before Valentine's Day. I checked that my roommate would be home, and moved forward on a first come, first shovel basis."

But luckily Zalkind was able to find a Tinder Joe who was up to the offer. Although Zalkind had her doubts, she says that the 38-year-old man referred to as Ted did a very good job.

"He showed up with a shovel and an ice pick, and he did not kill me," Zalkind writes. "He got to work shoveling out my car while I picked up a coffee and a scone for him. I don't live very close to a cafe, so I was gone for about 45 minutes. When I came back, my car was mostly shoveled out."

Zalkind's car would later become trapped in snow again after another storm hit. However, Zalkind's next meetup with a Tinder shoveler named Brian wasn't as successful as her first go around.

"The next afternoon Brian came over and got to work," Zalkind writes. "Sparks weren't exactly flying, but I tried to keep an open mind-that is, until he told me he had a wife."

You can read Zalkind's full story of her Tinder snow-shoveling adventure here.