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Can anybody explain why it's there? Does it mean anything to the paragraph? I don't find it was what the reporter said when he ghosted her.

"Although she wrote glowingly of her unnamed platonic “dates” with LinkedIn scientists and entrepreneurs – nearly all with partnered men who were kind and strictly professional with their career advice – she hinted at a tryst with a reporter who then “ghosted” her (“give me back my earrings, [expletive]!”). She didn’t name the reporter, but in a spiteful turn, sprinkled in enough details for his friends and colleagues to identify him. That’s not the kind of professional attention anyone ever wants to attract."

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/dianahembree/2017/07/30/linkedin-is-not-a-dating-site/#6eab19d54e89

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    She left her earrings by the bedside? The reporter treats her as if she no longer exists and does not respond to communications from her. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jul 31 '17 at 10:46
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As Tᴚoɯɐuo points out, it probably means she left her errings when she left in the morning. The hint is in "a tryst with a reporter".

tryst - a private, romantic rendezvous between lovers.

"who then ghosted her"

ghosting - the practice of ending a personal relationship with someone by suddenly and without explanation withdrawing from all communication.

So she is, in a very public way asking for her earrings back.
Men usually will return earrings, knickers are a different story...

  • -1 for the comma splice – AmE speaker Jul 31 '17 at 14:49
  • Is that where we get the verb to knick? – Tᴚoɯɐuo Aug 1 '17 at 15:39

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