One sorority girl experienced the taste of sweet revenge courtesy of Tinder after she was kicked out of her sisterhood for posting a picture on the app with her Greek letters.
The University of Nebraska Omaha student, Shannon Workman, was formerly a member of the Chi Omega sorority before her sisters threatened to expel her from the group for a Tinder profile picture. Now Tinder is stepping forward to support Workman by offering the college junior a full year’s scholarship that will cover the cost of tuition and more for her senior year at the university.
According to BuzzFeed, Workman quit her sorority and walked out of a meeting with Chi Omega’s executive board before they had the chance to expel her. Apparently, Workman’s Tinder photo was a violation of the sisterhood’s “Human Dignity” rule, which led to her “membership revocation.”
The photo shows Workman in a headband and a white T-shirt with the Greek letters displayed in the front and the caption “Sweet Home Chi Omega.”
Workman told Buzzfeed that she refused to take part in the “membership revocation” process with two other sorority members and adviser so she walked out of the meeting. The ex-sorority sister said the executive committee perceived Tinder as a hookup site and didn’t want the sorority to be affiliated with it.
Now Tinder co-founder and CEO Sean Rad is coming to the aid of the exiled Chi-O. He gave the following statement to BuzzFeed in an email:
“It’s easy to give in and give up. We think what Shannon did sends a very empowering message to young women and college students, which is actually one of Tinder’s largest audiences. Don’t conform, don’t let people tell you your beliefs are wrong just because it’s not the same as their beliefs.”
Workman was also offered a paid internship with the dating app company, based in California. Rad wrote:
“It’s the first time we reached out to someone whose story inspired us and asked them to be part of the team. Her actions showed a depth of leadership and courage that is admirable and something we value as part of our company culture. We always want to stand up for our users who stand up for us.”
You go sister!