You’re on a date and your potentialpartner walks in 30 minutes late. Plus, they’re a sloppy, sweaty mess. As soon as you sit down, they make sure you’re paying for your own meal and begin to check out the server, setting off all the red flags that romance isn’t going to blossom. It’s enough to make you dread the rest of the night if you haven’t already bolted out of the restaurant. However difficult it might seem, there are better ways to handle situations like this.
Ideas to Get Away From Bad Date Easily
Alcohol or Caffeine Approach
If you’re of age and find yourself at a locale that provides liquor, make the bad date worth your while and order a drink—or five. Everyone, including you, gets more interesting after a couple of shots. Who knows, maybe after two rounds of Venus in Furs at Upstairs on the Square, you might actually discover your ability to juggle silverware. Nothing says free entertainment like a drunk girl who juggles.
Since Lamont Café seems to be the social center of Harvard, especially during freshman year and exam season, you may find yourself on a bad date here. If this is the case, march right over to the counter and order four espresso shots, citing “midterms” as the reason. Take these in front of your date at lightning speed, and wait patiently until you start shaking like a washing machine and your date starts scurrying toward the door.
Although you will try to avoid stating your reasons why, many have huge egos about rejection. He may want to know why. In that case, be honest. If he is a jerk, (Also Read: Why Do Women Date Jerks) and you know he’s a jerk, well you probably won’t be breaking the date (kidding!). In that case, tell him at the outset why you are canceling the date (I hear you sleep around; I have no interest in becoming another notch on your belt, nor do I find that the least bit attractive.)If you want to get out of a date with your mother’s friend’s son or whatever, that’s tricky. You might tell a little white lie here: “Dear So-and-So, I didn’t realize at the time we set up the date, but my ex-boyfriend, who’d been living in Peru building an orphanage, has returned for good. I’m so sorry, but I must cancel our date to see the Yankees play the Red Sox (or fill in your local sports teams here.”
I once went on a date that was going so badly I left in the middle of it. We were walking on a busy NYC street when I told my date “I can’t be here anymore” and I turned down a block and went right onto a train. If the date is going that badly, don’t hesitate to just make a run for it. Make sure that you only pull this in extreme circumstances.
Remember Money is Everything
Ask your date how much money they have with them. Get them to pay for everything. “I’m a little broke at the moment.”
Keep on Enjoying
Try to have a good time outside the date. There’s sure to be something you can enjoy, even if it’s not the person with you. Appreciate your meal or your surroundings and stay optimistic by entertaining yourself.
I’m talking downright praying-to-the-porcelain god sick. This can be a progressive story and a few days before the date start ‘coming down’ with symptoms. Tell him that you hope you get over whatever it is you’re coming down with because you’re just dying to go to that 70’s disco dance club. As you approach the day of call him up and even if you have to get a good cry first (might I suggest watching Old Yeller or any countless other depressing and guaranteed-to-cause tears movie) so that your nose is stuffed up and you don’t sound so well.
Be certain to express that you were up and down all night trying to get rest for the date, but you just couldn’t when having to run for tissues or toilet relief every half hour. Gulp while on the phone and go quiet a second. Why? Sure it sounds odd but then you can go, “Okay, I thought I was going to get sick again…” (I’ve used this countless times to get off the phone with those I just had no interest in talking to) Tell him you can still try to go on the date, but you’re not sure you’d be able to handle the fast moving and loud music without being sick every five minutes.
Now comes the fearful “How about I come over and take care of you?” offer that may very well be the next words you hear. If he does this you can go, “what?” Then state your ears are plugged up, but if he catches you off guard and you can’t think that fast say, “Oh no- I’m going to the doctors tomorrow and I don’t want anyone here on the chance it’s contagious.” Express how you don’t want others to feel as miserable as you have and then tell him you’re head is pounding. This should be his clue but if he’s that dense then state that you’re going to take some medicine and get some rest. Tell him you’ll call him when you’re feeling better and avoid going anywhere (should you go out) where he might be.