Enduring and observing the Tinder date is now an established part of the job description for your local bartender—for better or worse.
Here are some tales from the front lines of Internet dating from bartenders across the country.
Reading through these crazy and gross anecdotes ought to make you feel better about your own love life — because, hey, it could be worse. She told him, “Definitely not.” Finally, he dropped something on the floor, bent down, and tried to put Naughtynurse99’s toes in his mouth. All in all, he didn’t put his best foot forward on that date.
Fetishes often come up among online daters because it’s an anonymous and sexually charged dating arena. My college roommate was texting with someone she met on Coffee Meets Bagel when the conversation turned sketchy. ” and pretty much the stuff someone asks if they’re planning to rob or murder you. The next day, he said, “I don’t mean to be weird, but I think I saw you getting your mail the other day.” It turns out he lived three doors down. Allison is a single New Yorker, which means she’s a pretty tough chick. When his beer arrived, he paid for it, downed it, and ended the date before it’d even really begun.
The guy had two topics of conversation: “He talked about his ex constantly, and about how when he was in college the CIA—which he obnoxiously referred to as ‘the Company’—tried to recruit them.” The woman silently stirred her drink until the ice melted, at which point the man went to the bathroom.
Immediately, “she asked me for a shot and signaled her intent to leave him with the bill.” Down the hatch and out the door.
(“Never a good first-date tactic,” she notes.) “The guy paid out their check before they even got their appetizers.
They both stormed out, but then a few minutes later, the girl came back and asked for the remaining courses to be packaged up to take home with her.” Gotta admire that, though: Sprouse calls the move “ballsy, tacky, and kind of amazing all at once.”One for the Road Patrick Halloran, currently bar manager at Henrietta Red in Nashville, witnessed a real winner at a former workplace.
In fact, John Bush of Three Kings Restaurant Group says he once saw a date that went remarkably well...remarkably quickly.Listen, Buddy Brian Elder of New York’s The Eddy says listening skills are often the last straw for people.“I watched a man totally blow it by being a horrible listener and talking over his date,” he says.One of my guy friends actually got stood up after driving 40 minutes to meet a girl who just never texted him back. One online dater thought getting in the car of the girl he’d met online was a good idea, but the rest of the date proved him wrong.Maybe she was kidnapped on her way to the restaurant. She started off the date by having an hour-long phone call and screaming about her baby daddy. After driving around for a while, she asked her date if it was OK if she smoked for a minute.