(Phatforums News / Match.com) — Want to feel more confident about your past dating blunders? Here are some of the worst dates women have experienced.
1. The discount doctor
Cecily, 38, met a physician at a holiday party. On the first date, he took her to a Japanese restaurant and paid for dinner using a two-for-one coupon. The second date, he took her to the same place… and once again, he used a coupon. “On our third date — which I probably shouldn’t have gone on, but he made me laugh — he conveniently forgot his wallet in his sports car,” recalls Cecily.
2. The guy that couldn’t go the distance
Rhonda, 20, was excited to rent a nice car to drive on her visit with her long-distance boyfriend on his birthday — especially since they hadn’t seen each other in two months. She accompanied him on errands, they saw what he referred to as a “strangler movie,” and later, during dinner at a nice restaurant, he admitted to infidelity and begged for her forgiveness. Rhonda obliged — and then he called the next day and broke things off with her anyway. “That was a total date from hell,” she says… and we agree.
3. The invisible third wheel
Susan, 39, went on a date with a man who couldn’t stop gushing about another woman. “He talked a lot about a lady friend of his, their emotional bond, and he even admitted the woman was married and lived in another country,” she recalls. In fact, he talked about this mystery woman the whole night, much to Susan’s dismay. “It was obvious he was more comfortable with his quasi-fantasy relationship with her than face-to-face dating with me.”
4. The well-suited suitor
Sarah, 33, was impressed when her date Phil told her how much his suit cost. “Later, we were at a nice restaurant when I reached over him to grab a napkin and accidentally spilled the entire glass of shrimp cocktail all over his chest and lap,” she admits, thoroughly embarrassed. Luckily, this one still had a happy ending: Phil did ask Sarah out again.
5. The man who needed no introductions
Mindy, 36, wasn’t excited to go on a second date with one guy. Unfortunately, her gut instincts about him were confirmed when they attended a barbecue together that was hosted by her friends. The two were surprised when they walked into the party and he knew most of the guests — including Mindy’s best friend, who had briefly dated him in the past. “I had too much information on him from my friend’s description of dating him before,” reveals Mindy.
6. The guy who fell through the (unnecessary) cracks
Monica, 40, knew she wasn’t interested in a man she met at a speed-dating event by the end of their first date. “He insisted twice on cracking my back after our goodbye hug,” Monica says, noting that she declined both of his subsequent offers (for a back adjustment and a second date) the next day.
7. The hunk who was out of tune with reality
Sheryl, 32, was thrilled when a hunky jock asked her out to a dinner theater production. The evening lost its luster when he sang off-key along with the musical production, though, as he was louder than the actors onstage. The last straw was his insistence at the end of the night to give Sheryl a “little kiss,” which she obliged. “It was the worst, sloppiest, saliva-filled kiss I ever hand in my entire life,” she asserts.
8. The manipu-date
Patty, 41, found her blind date likeable and agreed to go to another restaurant with him for a change of atmosphere. “He ran into his ex-girlfriend, and then left me at the table alone for 20 minutes to go chat with her. He came back and affectionately touched me, telling me to play along in front of her to make her jealous.” Patty said no and left — quickly!
9. The tact-free fibber
Julie, 39, knew when she first met her blind date that he must have lied about his age. That was enough for her, though that was hardly his only transgression: “The clincher was when he pointed to a young girl sitting down wearing low-slung jeans with a shiny thong and suggested I go ask her where she got her underwear!”
10. Honorable mention: the last-minute lothario
Tessa, 29, considers her cute friend Matt to be the type of guy who won’t ever be boyfriend material (for herself, at least) because of his poor dating skills, such as calling her at the last minute to hang out. “It’s always like, ‘yo, you coming over to my place?’” Tessa explains, noting that the only time they went out to dinner together, they decided to split the check.
Marcia Jedd is a freelance writer based in Minneapolis.