The WORST Thing a Guy Can Do On a Date


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I am a stickler for manners. I’ve written a lot about it, largely because it’s a topic that gets me fired up. Maybe if I didn’t run across so many examples of bad behavior, I wouldn’t have so much ammo. But, since I’m still a-typin’ and you’re still a-readin’, you can guess that I do.

Alas, single gals can multiply those experiences many times over — and the longer you’ve been in the dating game, the more nightmarish tales you can come up with. I recently went to a mixer with women who didn’t really know each other but you know what got the conversation started? A laughter-filled exchange of dating horror stories. Turned out to be the ultimate ice breaker because we all had one. Or two. Or five.

Wrought from personal drama and friend’s experiences on the frontlines of failed romance, here are some — but certainly not all — dating no-no’s for guys.

8. Ending up by pure happenstance at any establishment owned, operated, frequented, or waitressed by an old flame is sure to put a damper on the stretch of time spent together. If at all possible, take your date to one of the 50 million other places in the city or town where that woman will likely not be.*

7. If you must unearth leftover particles of food from your teeth and gums, the best way to do it is to excuse yourself from the table and go to the bathroom to dislodge the offending debris. Resist the urge to use the corner of the menu or the cardboard teepee advertising the Sunday morning brunch special to pick it out — especially if you have a habit of spitting the shards onto the floor.*

6. Breaking out into sobs while heaving and snotting your way through a story that smacks of a hit country song about your repossessed car, your foreclosed mortgage, and your impending divorce generally does not make for good chit chat. Asking for cab fare to get home tends to make that worse.*

5. Pulling out a cell phone to text someone, anyone else is typically pretty rude. Pulling out a cell phone to text your wife so she’ll stop calling usually spells sudden death for the date.*

4. Sliding the waitresses tip between her breasts and then encouraging your heterosexual date to do the same is not a good idea. There really is no need to elaborate here. It’s just not. a. good. idea.*

3. Before bringing your two small children on a romantic dinner for two, please inform the woman you’re going out with that 1) they will be accompanying you and 2) you have two small children in the first place.*

2. Discovering you forgot your wallet after you wolfed down an appetizer, three pricey drinks, and a steak-and-seafood entrée can happen — but it probably shouldn’t. Forgetting to pay back the money you promised to give to the date you stuck with the tab after you talked to her everyday for the next three months is a little suspicious.*

1. With the exception of a hand from a glove or an arm from a jacket sleeve, there is never, ever, never, ever an excuse for pulling out any part of your anatomy that is covered by clothing. If it was concealed by fabric when the date started, please ensure it remains that way for the duration of the outing. Especially if a zipper is involved.*

*Just to confirm—based on real-life experience.

So let’s hear it: what’s the worst thing that ever happened to you on a date?


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babyb... babybirch

Glad I've never had to endure a bad date ... guess I just know how to pick 'em .

cecil... cecillesmommy

Oh man i've got tons! Best one is the guy who thought us going to the movies was an open invitation for a hand job...needless to say i caused a ruckus.

TC00 TC00

My worst date one my friend a prize on the radio.

The guy talked about poo throughout the dinner, his along with the boys he watched at summer camp. Then when it came time for the check he made me pay for over half the dinner even though what I ordered was far less than his and as we got up to leave he swiped the tip!

TC00 TC00

*won not one

babyb... babybirch

Despite your cattiness, cafebeyonce, you're absolutely right . I haven't been on many, because unlike a lot of women, I was never desperate to find a man . Instead of flinging myself at any man willing to take me out, like the majority of women do, I only dated men who were absolutely spectacular . Plenty of guys were interested in me, but if they weren't outstanding, I chose not to indulge them . So, I had to spend very little time on the dating scene, and I never had to endure a bad date . Common sense, really .

nonmember avatar SWF

I have a few... dozen. Ha. Check out my dating blog for all the delightful details, including the time I was stalked by a special agent...

KevWi... KevWife.BaniMom

Burp in my face. Especially on purpose. Sometimes it happens accidentally-ok get that. But deal breaker. Burp in my vicinity. Even if we've been dating (they know the rules) absolutely not. Ick and gross

nonmember avatar Linda

How about the guy who takes you boating in his shiny white speedboat... then gets so drunk he can't remember how to drive the boat, much less get back to the dock where you parked.

Later (much later) after I drove the boat (1st time for me) slowly back to the dock, then got the boat on the trailer (1st time for me), and towed it (1st time for me) to my house, I told him he shouldn't drive in his condition and could crash on my couch for a few hours. His reply? "I'll only stay if I can sleep in your bed."

I took his keys & locked him out.

nonmember avatar Simon

Okay, obviously I'm a guy so I've never had any of these experiences, but I stumbled upon this article and was expecting to see the kind of things which is men do without realising we're doing anything wrong that piss you off. However, when I actually read the article, every single one of those things disgusted me, and I thought whoever's writing this article must have had an exceptionally bad experience. Then I read the comments and realised this wasn't a unique case. Makes me wonder why you girls chose to date such revolting guys, reject pretty much everyone with any sense of decency, then complain about being mistreated. It really doesn't make any sense. No-one forced you to say yes to these guys and no to us! In fact I'm beginning to think following this article more precisely may be in my best interests.

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