First dates can be great if you find someone you connect with immediately, but most of the time, there’s at least a little bit of awkwardness. You’re both nervous, you’re trying to not judge them too much, but you also don’t want to miss the red flags. You want to come across as funny, smart, and whatever else.
Sometimes, though, a bad first date is unavoidable if your date says something creepy or completely out of left field like these people experienced.
He’s Just Doing His Due Diligence
“‘I have a relative in banking. I have checked out all of your family financially.’ WTF, what do you say to that?” —Reddit / Jamiepappasatlanta
The only thing you can really say is “thank you for your time,” and then you should leave immediately.
Nothing Like A Stand-Off To End A Date
“Not what he said but what he did. He stole my keys while I was out of the room and took off into the night. We had an hours-long standoff where he wouldn’t answer my calls or texts begging him to return them. I stood by his truck that was parked a few blocks away making sure that he didn’t leave with them. Eventually, he dropped them off in my car and I got a ride home from the cops.” —Reddit / JesusHoratioChrist
Always Tell A Friend Where You’re Going
“Blind date, after the movie he asked ‘does anyone know where you are?’ Noped the hell out of there and made it a point to ALWAYS tell someone where I was when going on a date from that point forward.” —Reddit / newhappyrainbow
Please Keep All Hands And Feet To Yourself
“Mid date he placed his hand on my stomach and said ‘My son will grow here.'” —Reddit / irememeberthepotatoho
After a move like that, it’s hard to believe that this man was still single! He’s clearly a real charmer.
At Least The Mom Didn’t Show Up
“Called their mom in front of me to say they met a real winner and how they were done with their ex. Not sure if this counts but it was really uncomfortable.” —Reddit / cryptoscopophilia
Always Bring Your Own Mustard
“‘I just really like mustard’ as she continues to suck mustard packets. Worst part, we were at a somewhat nice restaurant. SHE BROUGHT MUSTARD TO EAT.” —Reddit / baconkiller1
You never know when you’re going to need an emergency packet of mustard…
No Wonder He Only Got One Date
“On our first (and only) date he told me he understood why people followed Hitler and that he never finished video games because he got so much joy out of watching/making the characters die over and over. He also wouldn’t stop talking about his parents’ drug and alcohol problems.” —Reddit / okaykitycat
We Don’t Want To Hear What You Have To Say
“This guy wasn’t talking at all and I only brought a few talking points ’cause normally they talk the whole time. I didn’t have anything else to say and asked him to start talking and he said:
“‘What I want to talk about can’t be said in public.’
“When I ended the date he thought we were going to go to my place to ‘talk’ and I said no.” —Reddit / haley4221
Please Forget Me And My Phone Number
“One guy asked if he could have a piece of something I was wearing to remember me by… he suggested one of my coat’s buttons or my lipstick” —Reddit / salutishi
This Is Not Game Of Thrones
“‘You look just like my sister’…and later in the date, he admitted that’s something he liked about me.” —Reddit / virginiasiangf
They say that women often gravitate towards men who are similar to their fathers, but this is a new one.
You Can Do Better
“‘Better lock it down now, huh? While you’re ripe for the taking.’ Referring to my low self-esteem that he picked up on.” —Reddit / AnxiouslyHonest
Thanks for the vote of confidence there, buddy, but she can definitely do better.
That’s Certainly A Memorable Comment
“I told this guy I played the piano, and like half an hour later he said: ‘If I wanted you to always remember me, I’d break your ring fingers. You know, ’cause they don’t heal well and then you’d always think of me when playing.'” — Reddit / NotGreatAtSocializin
Skipping A Couple Of Steps
“Friend told me the guy not only asked for a selfie but posted on Facebook with the caption ‘my queen.’ First time meeting.” —Reddit / Dubstepface
Note to self: don’t send a selfie to a man while on a first date with him.
Abort Mission! Abort!
“‘I want you to carve your initials on my thigh with a knife.’ She was very serious.” —Reddit / CBK128
Oh, I don’t doubt that this woman was serious, because most people wouldn’t risk joking about something like this on a first date unless they absolutely meant it.
She’s Ready When You Are
“‘When we get married I can wear this dress…’
“First date, we went back to her place and while giving me the tour, she pulled a beautiful wedding dress out of a closet and said this to me while holding it up to her body.” —Reddit / atom626262
She Showed Her True Colors Early On
“She was driving us back home from the restaurant and started saying things like ‘ya know, you’re in my car now I technically can take you wherever I want…you’re like my prisoner.’
“I laughed the first time she mentioned it because I’m into dark humour, but when she kept going on with it little did she know once I got out of the car that would be the last time she’d ever see me.” —Reddit / Baby_Driver_2007
Let’s Focus On A Second Date Before Babies
“Showed me a long list on her phone of if I can guess without exaggeration, at least 60–70 baby names for when she has a kid, and joked about having baby fever.
“They were all really country-bumpkin names like ‘Brekken’ and ‘Gatlin’ too, which somehow made it more unpalatable for me.” —Reddit / MinimalCollector
“‘Look, this has to go well. Both of my brothers’ wives are pregnant with their second children. Do not let me down.’ Said to me within three minutes of sitting down.
“I thought it was a joke at first and tried to awkwardly laugh it off, but the tone of his voice was something I’d never heard before. He also didn’t blink much and he had the most intense, intimidating stare.” —Reddit / fireflyfly3
Casual Or Creepy?
“This is a nice place, I’ve seen you eating here before.” —Reddit / nihonlights
This one is definitely situational. Say you ran into him in that restaurant which he also frequented—that wouldn’t be creepy. Depending on the tone of voice and body language, though, this could be a red flag.
There Are Some Thoughts You Shouldn’t Share
“Went out with a girl one night and after dinner she drove me up into the mountains (I was new to the area), and after a while, when there were no more lights, she started talking about serial killers. I still remember her saying ‘I used to think about getting away with stuff like that sometimes.'” —Reddit / zDemon1c