Martin Shkreli, better known as "Pharma bro," allegedly spent $120 (£82) on a cup of tea in an attempt to impress a woman on a Tinder date. Despite being "the most hated man on the internet," it appears Shkreli was described as good company as he attempted to woo actor and writer Jacklyn Collier.
Collier wrote about her experience on The Washington Post after she and Shkreli were matched on the dating app. "I hate to disappoint the masses, but I have to say: I had a pretty good time," she wrote.
The two exchanged some text messages, including a selfie and photos of his credit card and driver's license to confirm his identity.
Eventually, the two agreed to go on a date. Collier wrote the pair met up at a Japanese restaurant in the New York TriBeCa district called Brushstroke. She described Shkreli as nervous and even shy—much different from the persona he gives in interviews or on Twitter. In the middle of the date, Collier said their waitress pointed out a list of Japanese teas on the menu, including a Gold Medal Sencha at $120 a cup.
"Throughout our date, I saw occasional glimpses of the cocky Martin I had expected, but those were the moments that seemed the most false to me, as if putting on a confident-dude front," Collier wrote. However, as they finished the meal, Collier wrote that Shkreli flagged down their waitress and ordered the expensive tea.
"This was the most surprising and jarring moment of the night," she wrote. After he finished, he told her that he was "not really a big tea drinker." She continued, "What? I thought of all the good I could do with that money—donating it to charity, buying a new winter coat, buying myself 20 Venti iced soy vanilla chai lattes. He might as well have eaten a $100 bill in front of me."
Since his date, Shkreli was arrested on charges of security fraud and was sacked from two CEO positions. The former hedge fund manager and CEO of Retrophin, was released on bail in New York on 17 December 2015.