Living in the age of Tinder has turned the dating world upside down. What you would normally expect to happen on a date seems to have gone completely out the window and now, anything goes. Most people have a nightmare Tinder story, and this one especially is a cautionary tale for anyone trying online dating.
Dating apps are meant to give you the chance to get to know your prospective date before actually meeting them. Except even after weeks or months of messaging, who you end up on a date with often doesn't match up to the fantasy. This is exactly what happened to this guy, whose Tinder date went from awkward, to bad, to worse.
It all started so well. Sharing his dating horror story online, he said he was excited to be "superliked" by a pretty girl and immediately started talking to her. He explained: "We talked for a few days, she seemed super cool. I suggested a date, and she insisted on it being dinner. Cool." All good so far.
When they actually went on the date though, it was apparently clear she wasn't interested in him. Describing his first impression of his date, he said "she didn't look at him" and "was wearing sweatpants." What she was interested in was the food and "immediately ordered a $13 appetizer." He admitted alarm bells started going off, but it wasn't a "deal breaker," maybe she was just nervous?
Things didn't get any better as the date went on and she seemed more interested in the food than him. Claiming he did try to start a conversation "a few times," he said he got shut down and she "only gave one-word answers." The date wasn't going bad enough for either to leave though, and they ordered their mains, with her going for "a $25 steak and $22 crab legs. She drank 4 $9 glasses of wine."
He ordered a steak and some wine too, but even before the food arrived claimed he'd "pretty much given up" on any hope of romance and noted that "she talked more to the waiter." By this time the guy was convinced the date was a cover for her to score a free meal he would have to pay for and was not happy.
So what does he do? Pay for his half of the meal and leave? Make some excuse about needing to cut the date short? Seeking refuge in the restroom, he came up with his plan to get revenge on his bad date: "As we were finishing, I excused myself and went to the restroom. While I was in there, a light bulb went off."
After the awful experience, he decided he wasn't about to become the girl's meal ticket and the only option to escape the nightmare was to dine and dash. While his date waited for him back at the table, he discreetly "left the bathroom, headed out the door, got in my car, and drove home." Leaving her with the entire $150 bill.
Unsurprisingly, his date was furious he ditched her. She apparently messaged him calling him "a 'f*****' about twelve times." No word if she paid the entire check. After posting his horror story online, many congratulated him for playing "the player at her own game" and said he "handled that like a champ." But not everyone agreed.
Some pointed out leaving her to cover his bill made him "just as bad as her now" and that he easily could have asked to split the bill when it arrived at the end of the meal. The person people felt most sorry for though was the poor waiter who was going to have to deal with the girl when she realized she's been ditched with a $150 bill.
They pointed out the server "probably got stiffed just because he had a bad date" and that if it was them they would have "grabbed the waiter on the side and paid for their portion before leaving." Another said they would have made sure they got a "generous tip," adding: "No point punishing the server. Especially if they'll have to deal with the tantrum." Others claimed they would have gone further and warned staff his date "may be likely to dine and dash." Moral of the story? Don't go for dinner on a Tinder date, always split the bill and be kind to waiters.