1. Alex, 25
My date and I went to a little sushi place she picked, and she ordered an Arnold Palmer with her food. The waitress didn’t know what it was initially, and my date made a huge deal before irritatedly explaining that it’s half tea, half lemonade. She continued to be incredibly rude to the waitress — snarky remarks, smug attitude, really snappy. This went on for 15 minutes and eventually my date says to me, “This waitress sucks and is such a bitch, right?” Because she was so hot, I did the pushover, cowardly thing and was like, “Yeah, kind of.” Turns out the waitress was my date’s best friend and they were playing a prank on me, but she was so shocked that I agreed it was just awkward from that point on. Haven’t interacted since that night.
2. Genevieve, 24
I went to the movies with this guy I had never met, but we were set up by a mutual friend. I thought it was going fairly well, but then he went to the bathroom. I waited 5 minutes, then 10 minutes, then 20 minutes. He left. I had to call my friend to come pick me up and I never heard from him again. It was so humiliating.
3. Lauren, 32
I went to a standup comedy open mic with a guy who was performing for one of his first few times. He absolutely bombed. In his defense, several of the people did, but he was legitimately bummed afterwards and it was just the awkward thing that we avoided talking about for the next couple hours before going our separate ways.