If you've got a hankering for pricey meals in five-star restaurants but you're on a Taco Bell budget, there's still a few ways you can get yourself a fancy dish. Become a food critic. Dine-n-dash. Orrrr get some dude to take you out on a date. Of the three, I'd say the third is the most palatable (hey, not everyone can be a food critic). And yet 23-year-old aspiring actress Erin Wotherspoon (who, thanks to Reese Witherspoon, will not need to change her name for her acting career) is catching all kinds of flack for admitting in the Daily Mail that she dates guys just to get them to buy her an expensive meal. "I've decided to become a serial dater to fulfill my restaurant hit list," she gleefully admits.

Erin, who is blonde, blue-eyed, and attractive, knows she's at a point in her life where all manner of male -- from ones her age to younger to older to much, much older; to single to married; to heterosexual to bisexual to probably even some homosexuals -- will TAKE HER OUT AND PAY FOR EVERYTHING.

Erin, enjoy it while you can, girl. And she is. She says:

Men should feel honored by this open invitation to date me.

To that end, Erin is signed up on several dating sites looking for her next "meal ticket":

Exploiting men for meals is tough. I have to put up with a lot of bad conversation and to be honest for awhile there I didn’t think I was up for the challenge. Yes, I had some good food but was it really worth my time? Keeping up with all the silly text messages, feigning interest in things I don’t care about and trying to figure out who the f*** is who.

Well, I agree, Erin. A meal, no matter how extravagant, usually isn't worth the yawn-inducing conversation -- not to mention the relentless stalking for a second date. Which is why I never pulled this crap.

However, if Erin wants to do it, I have no problem with it. Does it make guys less likely to want to pay for the next girl? Maybe. But probably not if the next girl is also 23, blonde, and cute. Guys are dumb that way.

I actually admire that Erin has the vajay of steel to go on a date with a guy, suggest the most expensive restaurant in town, sit there looking at him blankly when the check comes (or excuse herself to go to the little girls' room with expert timing), and not once offer to help pay. I've never been good at this game -- I'm the idiot who whips out her purse the second the waiter approaches and I'm all, "Why don't I --" and the guy is all, "Sure, great. Cool. Thanks!"

I don't feel bad for these guys being used for meals because most of them are dating Erin for one reason -- they find her attractive and probably hope to get her in bed. Many of them are no doubt much older than her and should be dating women their own age. But they prefer to play the fool. So let them play the fool with the empty wallet.

Erin claims she has already been banned from one dating site because of her date-dine-n-dash reputation. But that is ridic. No one bans guys who f*ck-n-dash.

Have you ever used guys for a meal?


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