Fast forward into the date and he disappeared and came back holding a sandwich-sized bag half full of what looked like broken glass. Crack, my Tinder date had crack. I politely declined his offer and then when I had the opportunity, made an exit. He sat next to me in the restaurant booth and proceeded to slide a butter knife up and down my thigh.
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A divorced mother, Anna, 46, looked into the future and saw a time when her kids wouldn't need her around quite as much—and she'd end up alone. Joining eHarmony , which matches couples based on a detailed personality questionnaire, says Anna, "was my backup in case I didn't meet anyone the 'regular' way. Not so with Sam—whom she agreed to make a date with after six weeks of emails and hour-long phone calls. The reality rattled her. For all of a week!
Dating is messy enough as is, but the Internet complicates it even more. How can you definitely know who a person is before you meet them IRL? What if they secretly have a face tattoo? Etc, etc. The conversation was terrible, but I noticed she was taking the chicken fingers and ripping them up in her hands and putting the breading in her huge purse.
After being in a relationship for a few years, I've basically forgotten what it's like to date. In an effort to not be one of those people who's like, "Omg, you're single? Aren't you just having the BEST time dating, aka doing something that can be exhausting, awkward, and sometimes soul-crushing?!? Sure, there are those unbelievable ones that somehow make the entire practice worth it and I personally love dating, so if you do too, I get it. But it's normal to have to go through a bunch of garbage dates in between.