Social media users are sharing the stories of their worst dates — and while they were surely painful to live for, they sure make for funny stories.
A simple lack of chemistry can be enough to chalk a date up as bad, but there are a million ways that dates can be much, much worse.
From awkward interactions to incredible rudeness to full-on creepiness, commenters on one popular Instagram post have experienced it all.
Yikes! Social media users are sharing the stories of their worst dates — and while they were surely painful to live for, they sure make for funny stories (stock image)
Dumpling drama! The bad date story spree was inspired by New York Times reporter Taylor Lorenz , who shared her own embarrassing date story on Twitter
The bad date story spree was inspired by New York Times reporter Taylor Lorenz, who shared her own embarrassing date story on Twitter earlier this month.
‘Once I went on a date to a dumpling place and I thought from the menu I was ordering individual dumplings, so I ordered what I thought was 6 or so, but each choice was actually 8 dumplings,’ she said.
‘So I had like 50 dumplings come and I tried to eat as many as I could like it was normal.’
She later added that it ended up costing quite a bit.
‘I was like whoa these are REALLY expensive dumplings, but it was a date so I just paid at the counter like ok damn. Then they started bringing them all to our table and I was like o s***.’
The tweet earned thousands of likes on Twitter — but over 130,000 once it was shared by author and activist Rachel Cargle on Instagram.
Rude! It was shared by Rachel Cargle on Instagram, who offered her own story about a man who said hello and then ghosted her
Rachel also added her own funny story about a date she went on with a man from an app five years ago.
‘When we arrived he said hello, hugged me kindly and then told me to hold a second while he ran to the bathroom before we grabbed our dinner,’ she said. ‘I said okay, grabbed a seat in the busy outdoor area we were in.
‘After waiting an uncomfortable amount of time I go to call his phone and he blocked me — completely ditched me. I got live ghosted and never heard from him again.’
She went on to ask commenters to leave their own bad date stories, and hundreds replied.
‘I did this with sushi,’ wrote a woman named Andie, referencing Taylor’s original dumpling story. ‘Ordered maybe 32 or so accidentally. Managed to eat around 25 or so. Waiter said he was impressed’
‘Had a two month long intense letter writing love affair with a guy from freshman year but when sophomore year started and i showed up for our first date I realized I had been writing letters with a totally different guy and one i did not want to date,’ wrote a woman named Heidi.
It’s tough out there! Hundreds of others have shared their own horrifying and funny bad date stories
Awkward! One woman accidentally peed herself while sneezing, while another said her high school date wanted her to chase him like a game of tag
Dodged a bullet! A horrifically rude man snapped in a woman’s face when she didn’t maintain eye contact
A commenter named Brenda wrote: ‘I went on a date with a super nice guy and afterwards he took me back to his place.
Run! One woman went out with a man who said parents were to blame if their kids were molested by priests
‘He lived with an old man who had Christmas stuff covering the entire house — I mean there was a Santa Claus around every corner. And it was not anywhere near the holiday season. I was so creeped out.’
‘One time I went on a date and it was going well enough that we went back to my place,’ said a commenter named Grace. ‘We were playing a card game, he lost, and he threw a temper tantrum and threw all his cards all over the table! All while his mom was continuously calling him (a 30 yo man) wondering where he was.’
Yet another commenter said that a guy texted to say he would be 15-20 minutes late to a dinner date.
‘Come to find out he was late because he decided to go to happy hour with a friend at a better restaurant than where we were meeting, had dinner there, then came and ate another dinner with me but his debit card didn’t work so I ended up covering everything. He also started a few sentences with “to play devil’s advocate”. Sigh. I should have left after the first devils advocate,’ they wrote.
Get out of there! A commenter said a guy told her she reminded him of his ex — who had a restraining order against him
A compliment? One commenter’s date told her that God would have chosen her to be Mary has she been alive when Jesus was born
A short man with a Napoleon complex was rude to waitstaff throughout one woman’s date, then urinated outside of her apartment building before asking to come up to wash his hands
Cheap! One man insisted his date should pay because she just got a new credit card
A woman named Kelly recalled a time a short man with a Napoleon complex was rude to waitstaff throughout their date, then urinated outside of her apartment building before asking to be invited up to wash his hands.
Another commenter said that she was coming down with a cold and ‘went into a sneezing fit’ in the bathroom before she could lock the door.
‘I peed my pants from the force of the sneezes. Tried to wash my jeans in the sink before going back to my date,’ she remembered.
‘The first time I ever had sushi I was on a date with an older man who seemed so distinguished and classy,’ said another commenter named Megan. ‘I pretended that I loved sushi, although I had never tried it.
‘I put a HUGE glob of wasabi on my first bite and then had to pretend like I wasn’t dying and I always ate it that way. He just raised his eyebrows at me and I felt like I was in that scene in Pretty Woman when she doesn’t know which utensil to use.’
Um… Another man was late because he decided to eat a whole dinner before his dinner date
Popular: The stories are horrifying but also humorous and some have earned thousands of likes
Bizarre: One man was already eating when his date showed up because he was hungry
Jamie went out with a man who said that when kids are molested by priests, it’s the parents who are to blame ‘for not teaching their children not to pull their pants down for just anyone.’
Meanwhile, Roxanne recalled: ‘A banker who approved me for a credit card asked me out. During the date he railed against welfare mothers, praised the role of the Polish people in WWII, and at the end of the date when the check came, suggested I pay since, after all, I had just been approved for a new credit card.’
A commenter named Ashley said a guy told her she reminded him of his ex — who had a restraining order against him.
Not every bad date spells disaster, though. A commenter named Jasmine wrote that she and a man got tacos on a third date.
‘I LOVE tacos but for some reason this place did not sit well,’ she said. ‘As soon as we turned to leave the parking lot I had to throw up really bad. I didn’t want to ask him to stop but finally it was too late. I ripped the car door open and started throwing up while he was driving… it couldn’t have been too bad.’
The twist ending: That was ten years ago, and they’re now married.