Blind dates are harrowing enough under the best of circumstances, but imagine meeting your potential future partner for dinner – only to find that 23 of her closest relatives are joining you too.
Xiao Liu’s mom set him up on a blind date recently, and his story went viral when he arrived at the restaurant to meet his date – and nearly two dozen members of her family who had come along to test his generosity.
Poor Liu (29) was expected to fork out R49 000 to cover the dinner bill for everyone, so he did what most people in that situation would do – he ran!
He excused himself to go to the bathroom and made a quick and quiet exit, leaving his date and her family to pay for their own meals, the Chinese newspaper Taizhou Evening News reported. On social media, some commentators said Liu should have paid the bill, regardless of the amount, while others were more sympathetic, calling his date “shameless” for her stunt.
Others have also gone through tricky times in matters of the heart.
Not my best friend
“I was at a restaurant with a guy who seemed really quiet and polite. All of a sudden, he blurted out, ‘I’ve decided how I’m going to propose to you!’ “Um, what?”
“‘On an Alaskan cruise under the Aurora Borealis lights with a huge diamond ring, so you’ll give it up to me every single night!’” he said. “I was absolutely speechless and flabbergasted, so I blurted out the most asinine thing I could think of, ‘I don’t like big diamonds . . .’”
@krystalf48ee311e7 on Buzzfeed
‘He forgot his wallet’
“I got set up with a guy who literally watched me eat pancakes and only got water. I begged him to order something, I said I would pay (he ‘forgot’ his wallet) but it was so weird, him just watching me.
“After the whole awkward mess, I told the girl who set us up how it went. She promptly responded, ‘Yeah I wouldn't date him. And honestly, I'm surprised I convinced you to go’.”
@Bluetreehugger on Reddit.com
‘Tell me about yourself . . .’
“We went out for drinks and I offered to drive. When we got to the bar, he asked our waitress for a job application and asked to speak to the manager. The waitress said they weren't hiring, but he insisted on speaking to a manager.
After he submitted his application, I ordered a beer and he ordered water. We chatted for about 45 minutes before he abruptly ended the date. I guess he really just needed a ride to get his job application in.”
@meganm46f6e8fd8 on BuzzFeed
‘He only spoke about his mom’
“I went out with a guy who talked about his mother, literally the entire time. I knew her favorite foods, movies, where she went to college, how she makes her spaghetti sauce – you name it, I heard it.
At one point I suggested he date his mom since no other person could compare to her. “He looked at me almost like he’s contemplating it, and I look at him like he's psychotic, and he yells at me and says that anyone, ‘Who is half the woman his mother is should get down on their knees and thank God for their blessing’.
“Fast-forward two years and he married his dad’s high-school sweetheart.
True story.”@BrandyAlexander9 on Reddit
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Sources: Daily Mail, Taizhou Evening News, Reddit.com, Buzzfeed