The phrase, “First date” strikes terror into many a woman’s heart. In some respects having a root canal without any painkillers is preferable to a first date. Many of us would prefer to just jump to the third — or sixth date. Happily, many good first dates lend themselves to second, third and even tenth dates. Then there’s the flip side to the good first date–the really horrible one. At the time, they feel like the most mortifying experience on Earth. Later on, they become hilarious stories we tell our friends.
Read this roundup of now-funny (though at the time — horrendous) things guys have said to us on really, really, really and I do mean really, bad dates.
I was having a great dinner date with a guy. Just as we were about to order dessert, he says to me, “Are you looking for a serious relationship? Because I was kind of hoping for a No-Strings-Attached sort of thing.” I turned to the waiter. “Check please.”
-Tiffany Current, author of How to Move in with Your Boyfriend (and Not Break Up with Him)
“Yeah, I’m in sports marketing … I sell peanuts at Yankee Stadium.”
This one isn’t a horror story by any means, but a guy once asked me as a total non-sequitur, “So why don’t you have a boyfriend, anyway?” In and of itself, it’s not a terribly offensive question; but something about the way it came out didn’t sit right. Rude? Blunt? Yep. Besides, isn’t asking that question one of the big no-nos of a first date? Ick.
During my dinner date he called his cousin to meet him for a drink afterwards. He said to me that he bought me a fruit tart and that was enough.
-Patty Hughes, writer, Diva Gals Daily
The date was going well until he said: “I like you and feel comfortable with you, so I just want to be totally honest and open with you: I suffer from depression and anxiety, and I’m also bipolar.”
-Michelle Joni Lapidos, community manager, AHA Life
I was on a date and the guy said “I tried to look for you on Facebook but I couldn’t find you. I was worried that you might crazy, but you seem fairly normal!”
“Your portion of the bill is $38, so since you don’t have enough cash on you, we can go to the ATM after dinner.”
-Catherine Donaldson-Evans, Sr. Editor, The Stir
-We meet at a cafe in New York City’s Greenwich Village. I order a plain (inexpensive) tea. He orders a pricey cappuccino and a piece of pastry and never offers me a taste of the pastry. The bill comes and he demands that we split it 50/50. When I balk, he says, “I hate women who always expect a man to pick up the whole check and pay for them.”
-Candice Sabatini, Editor-In-Chief, BeautyNewsNYC.com
Back when I was writing for music mags, I had a coffee date with a musician. We were talking about bands. He stopped me in the middle of a sentence and said to me, “I don’t like it when a woman knows more about music than I do.”
-PJ Gach, Senior Editor: Style + Beauty at BettyConfidential.
I was working for a clothing company a few years ago at the height of their popularity. While on a first date with this guy I thought was so cool, he told (not really asked) me to get him some clothes since he was sure I wouldn’t have a problem getting him free stuff.
-Dynelle Skinner, Women’s Footwear Editor, Shoeography.com
We sat down at the bar, and the guy (who I admittedly met at a bar) said: “Okay, so … how many drinks is this gonna take?”
Tell us: what was the WORST thing a guy said to you on a date?
PJ Gach is Senior Editor: Style + Beauty at BettyConfidential.