Sometimes first dates go well, but usually, it's not that easy. And once in a while, they totally go up in flames. These dating disasters are often the worst case scenarios in each situation. In some cases, it's the couple's first time meeting each other, but others just aren't meant to be, even if they are together. Check out these terrible dates. Content has been edited for clarity.
"I work at a dinner theatre and we usually do proposals where we set up a 'random draw' where the 'winner' comes up on the stage to win their prize, and are then surprised by their partner who proposes. It's usually sweet and makes everybody in the room all fuzzy and warm.
This one guy wanted to take it further and requested to perform a song --- he brought his own music and everything. We're pretty easy going at this job, so we agree to let him do it.
We do the fake draw, the woman comes up on stage in front of a room of 400 people, and the music starts to play. Apparently, this guy was a little nervous and he compensated by having a few drinks. So what follows is a slurred performance of a song written by this guy, that seemed to focus on how he was sorry for cheating on this woman with her sister and at the end of it, he gets down on one knee and proposes.
Usually, this gets a round of applause, encouraging the person to say yes; but not after that trainwreck of a performance. The poor woman was just holding her face the entire time and starts shaking her head and says, 'No, what's wrong with you?' She storms off and leaves him and our stage manager on stage to a bunch of murmuring from the audience.
The only thing our stage manager can think of to say on the mic is, 'Well, that's that.'
The guy ended up staying for the rest of the show and had many more drinks. That was years ago and it still remains one of the cringiest things I've ever seen."
"A man and woman, probably in their 30s, were having a dinner date. She's talking about her ex-husband and he doesn't sound like the best of guys.
Then this idiot chimes in, 'Well, you both made mistakes it seems.'
'What do you mean?'
'Well, him for all the things he's done and you for having kids with him.'
She was ANGRY, not screaming, but she quickly grabbed her things, gave him a few choice words, and was gone in 60 seconds. He sat there with a 'what did I say?' expression and paid the bill a few minutes later.
Don't call someone's kid a mistake. It's not going to end well."
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"An Eastern European couple walks in. She looked like she had been crying, but they ordered and seemed nice enough. A few minutes later, I heard a commotion going on in my section. I got there in time to see this man reach over and slap the woman hard enough that the whole lounge heard the sound. He looked like he was gearing up to hit her again, so I instinctively stepped in. I was and am a small, petite woman with no martial arts training or anything and told him to back off and leave or the cops would be waking him out. Surprisingly, he just left without a fight. What was disturbing is that the woman very quickly composed herself and by the time I went over to check on her (seconds later) she was brushing it off like it was an everyday event. I guess it was for her.
I told her I would feel better if she stayed in the lounge for a bit so we could be sure the man was gone. She agreed and I got her a few drinks on the house. Once she was a little more opened up from the drinks, she told me her story, about how this man brought her to the US and that she was afraid if she left him, she would end up being forced to go back home. She also warned me never to date an Eastern European man and that most of them were like that. I wanted to take her to the police or to a women's shelter, but she refused and wandered out into the night. I never saw her again, but I hope she is okay and away from that man."
"I worked at a fondue place. It was usually a 1.5-2 hour meal for two people. We served a full four courses, the works.
A couple came in and he had pre-arranged with us to present an engagement ring with the chocolate course with melted chocolate on the plate spelling 'Will you marry me?' Also roses and other embellishments on the plate.
Apparently, the entire meal she was explaining to him how bad he was at being in a relationship. Too needy, too emotional, somehow he also didn't spend enough time with her and wasn't connecting with her? It was an hour-long breakup speech.
We come around the corner with candles lit and the chocolate fondue and the engagement ring on the plate, the table next to them did everything they could to wave us off, I was holding a camera to capture the magical moment, which obviously never came. He tried to get his prepared remarks out, but it was so bad, we eventually left the dessert at the table and tried to act like nothing had happened. She left before the check came."
"I worked in a resort hotel, high end, I waited tables in the fine dining restaurant. It was pretty common for people to propose there, so much so that I had a system for the whole thing. One guy came in and wanted to do the ring in the glass thing, and I talked him into doing a dessert alternative that doesn't result in a sticky ring and bubbly on the floor.
I brought out the ring, but she had an unexpected reaction.