Let’s be honest, we love bad date stories. Whether it’s because they make us feel less lousy about our own terrible experiences, or it’s simply good old schadenfreude (pleasure derived from the misfortune of others), we just prefer those over the good ones. After all, good can be boring, and if we wanted boring, there’s Monday to Friday for that.
So some of us at CLEO are spilling our worst date stories. The next one will be about the funniest dates we’ve had, so watch this space.
“I once had to go blind speed dating for a story. Literally all five of my dates were held in the dark at Nox’s Dining in the Dark, so I had no clue who was sitting in front of me at all.
One date (whom I have dubbed Creepy Carl) was particularly memorable for me, with or without the lights. When we touched on the subject on travel, CC mentioned that when he travelled it was solely to meet women. When I pressed him on what sort of women he wanted to meet on his travels, he proceeded to say “exotic women”, and gave a very specific example of an Indian mixed Chinese woman who works/lives in London.
Needless to say the moment the lights came on I noped the f**k out of there as fast as I could. Did I mention he still wanted my number after that?!”
– Cheryl, Fashion Stylist/Writer
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A complete mess
“I met this guy online when I was living in Shanghai and the date he asked me on sounded pretty amazing. Meet for a concert on world music and then head to dinner after that.
I got there… VERY LATE… but he didn’t mind. It also meant we got into the concert for free so maybe that helped too. I didn’t mean to be superficial but it really surprised me how short he was, which was just a little taller than me, and I’m only 1.52m.
The concert was probably the least awkward part of the date since we then went to have Thai food, which he said he “didn’t know how to order”, then proceeded to ask a lot of questions about me being older than him. And then we went dutch on the date.
It didn’t actually end up being bad until I went home. He texted me saying I didn’t look like I’d had fun, but I decided to deal with it the next day. When I woke up, he’d already emailed me to ask again and to accuse me of ignoring him and not answering his messages. It was just a little over-persistent for a first date. He kept asking me for dating advice after that and I just slowly stopped replying to emails.”
– Karen, Associate Editor
Wined and dined
“A year after an ex and I broke up, we decided to reconnect. Over a date. When we met, all was good and we both felt like we had forgiven each other. He said that we were meant to be.
Two bottles of wine later, we were playing the blame game big time. It was clear why we didn’t work out in the first place. He had it in him to send me home though we were having a brutal war of words, but we fought all the way from the restaurant to my house.
It ended with goodbye, and we never spoke again.”
– Adora, Writer
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