For some dating is an important thing in life. And it doesn’t matter if you consider yourself a dating guru or if you agree to go out once in a blue moon. I guess the very fact of it makes us all feel pretty much the same: jitters and excitement before the date or total disappointment afterwards. Let’s agree that beautiful and promising date stories should be left to be discussed with your best friends. But where to put the distress and disbelieve that was brought by these other awful dates? 

This time, for this particular reason, Reddit asked its community to share the pettiest reasons why its users refused to give a second chance to their date. People opened their hearts and gave some interesting, never heard answers, as well as common reasons that we all probably encountered through our dating experience. 

Can you relate to any of these situations? Or maybe you have an even better story of why you couldn’t say “yes” to a second date? Share your thoughts and "best" experiences in the comments!

#1

Pettiest-Reasons-Refused-To-Date-Someone-Reddit She was a volunteer at the Zoo and when kids asked her questions she didn’t know the answer to, she would make something up and lie.

Growing up on zoobooks and Steve Irwin, I take animal facts very seriously.

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Night Owl
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1 month ago

Understandable. Good on you that you broke it off

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#2

Pettiest-Reasons-Refused-To-Date-Someone-Reddit He was wearing a hideous brown fake leather jacket, it was so old that the ‘leather’ had started to flake off and parts were just now canvas.

He kept stopping to look at himself in windows and saying ‘oh god I look so hot today’ ‘I just can’t believe how hot I look’ smoothing down his manky jacket, side eyeing me, expecting me to agree with him.

I left so he could be alone with his jacket.

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Max Thompson
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1 month ago

Bet they got married.

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#3

Pettiest-Reasons-Refused-To-Date-Someone-Reddit Didnt use the turn signal.

Ever.

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Ms.M.
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1 month ago

I don't blame you

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#4

Pettiest-Reasons-Refused-To-Date-Someone-Reddit She didn't know that foxes were real animals. She thought they were mythical and just in movies.

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Ms.M.
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1 month ago

Oh for fox sake

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#5

Pettiest-Reasons-Refused-To-Date-Someone-Reddit A very attractive, fun, smart woman asked me if I wanted to go get ice cream with her. I turned her down but I guess in a way that she felt was flirty, so she kept asking. And finally I had to tell her I was turning her down because she had both my mother's first and last name. She laughed a lot and agreed we couldn't date.

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Max Thompson
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1 month ago

Her eyes in that pic.

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#6

Pettiest-Reasons-Refused-To-Date-Someone-Reddit Her complete inability to follow the plot of a movie.

“Who’s that?”

“Where’d he come from?”

“Why’d she do that?”

“Who is he again?”

I just couldn’t.

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Samantha Lomb
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1 month ago

My mom. Often because she was busy futzing around or fell asleep and woke up halfway through the film. Super annoying

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#7

Pettiest-Reasons-Refused-To-Date-Someone-Reddit My mom stopped dating a guy because he unfastened and refastened the velcro on his shoes throughout an entire movie.

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Ms.M.
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1 month ago

Was he 4 years old....?

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#8

On the first and only date - she chewed her food with her mouth open - it was so distracting I couldn’t bear it.

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Ms.M.
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1 month ago

HORRIBLE!!!

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#9

Pettiest-Reasons-Refused-To-Date-Someone-Reddit Went on a first date to the movies. This f@#%!g guy...instead of picking up his drink and lifting the straw to his mouth, he would put his hands on his knees, keeping his eyes on the screen, and lean over to the drink and ‘hunt’ for the straw with his face and his mouth contorted sideways trying to land on the straw. Weirdest s#@t ever.

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Ms.M.
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1 month ago

You'll put an eye out with that thing

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#10

Pettiest-Reasons-Refused-To-Date-Someone-Reddit He didn’t re-rack his weights. I will never, for the life of me, understand why people don’t return/re-rack their weights.

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Ms.M.
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1 month ago

They're weak, in both the physical and mental sense.

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#11

Pettiest-Reasons-Refused-To-Date-Someone-Reddit I couldn't date a guy because my brother pointed out that he looks EXACTLY like my uncle. I couldn't unsee it because it was absolutely true.

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Night Owl
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1 month ago (edited)

LMAO That must've been weird

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#12

During s*x, she would close her eyes and frown in concentration. Once my brain made the connection that she looked like Sam the Eagle from the Muppets, it was over for me.

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Max Thompson
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1 month ago

Why is it censored?

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#13

Pettiest-Reasons-Refused-To-Date-Someone-Reddit He stared at me blankly when I said the word "republican" when describing one of my family members. I followed up and sure enough, he literally had no idea what the word republican meant and didn't know about our largely two-party system. He was in his late 20's. If you're not into politics, that's one thing, but he had managed to live nearly three decades in our country without knowing basic information about our political system. My brain could not comprehend and I worried about what other basic information he had managed to avoid was. 'Twas a hard no on my end.

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Paul Aguilera
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1 month ago

i'm not really sure what a republican is either. i know there are democrats and liberals and other political words for certain groups but dont know the difference of any of them. i just know they exist.

Hooman
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1 month ago

10 points to Gryffindor for that explanation! Thank you !!

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Les Izmore
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1 month ago

The Republicans no longer know who they are either

Panda-riffic
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1 month ago

Glad you didn't throw in Libertarians or Independents into the convo. That would have made their brain explode. ;-)

Mary Rose Kent
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1 month ago

Peace & Freedom, Green Party, etc. If you’ve ever lived in San Francisco or the Bay Area, you’ve encountered these and more...

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ButterScot
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1 month ago

IDK, sounds like the perfect person to me.

Eric Schultz Saindon
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

While risking sounding like a jerk, as a Civics teacher I have to say , the “knowledge” displayed in many of these comments is ill informed and mostly based on folks’ personal beliefs. This is why taking civics is so important. Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk.

Thorfin Wolfsbane
Community Member
1 month ago

That’s easy! A Republican is a member of a cult devoid of any political philosophy besides “opposing the other party no matter what”. Black Lives Matter? Not to them. Antifa? Guess they have to like fascism. Women’s rights? Oppose! Morals and family values? Don’t care as long as they win.

Norart
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1 month ago

What an ignorant thing to actually say out loud

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Vicky Z
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1 month ago

I also cannot stand people that have no clue about very basic things!where do they live? In a cave?

Fiona Drysdale
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1 month ago

I just find it weird that the photo is of the Scottish parliament debating hall.

Izzy Curer
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1 month ago

Haha

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Nathan Pogorzala
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1 month ago

Sometimes i try to wrap my head around how someone's everyday routine or thought process goes when they lack certain knowledge. This is not a knock on anyone, we all live our own lives our own way and i celebrate that. It is just hard to fathom how someone goes about without common knowledge like the fact we landed on the moon.

Christy Smith
Community Member
1 month ago

Maybe he was just hoping you weren't a Republican because of what that would mean. Nah, he was obviously stupid, even though being a Republican isn't a good thing regardless (however, it's better than being a Conservative Republican,they're hands down the worst hypocrites in all the land

similarly
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1 month ago

I could TOTALLY understand if someone didn't know this ... if they lived anywhere but the US. I admit I'm not really totally up on the political systems in most countries. However, how could you live in America and NOT know? If you grew up in America, wouldn't you HAVE to take a political science class in high school or university? And if you're an adult, wouldn't it be necessary? I mean, what good is democracy or a representative government if the people won't educate themselves enough to participate?

El Dee
Community Member
1 month ago

Sadly these people have the right to vote, and often do. A lot of people hold strong opinions, yet don't know why. This guy is one step below that..

amaritia
Community Member
1 month ago

It is hard to say what a republican is.

anarkzie
Community Member
1 month ago

I feel this is actually very common. Here in the UK you have two main parties and I find people, some even older than the guy in your example, that have no idea about of even the most basic facts.

Nikki Hilton
Community Member
1 month ago

Has he been living in a cave for the last 5 years?

Evelyn Haskins
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Are members of the the Republican Part actually republicans? Are members of the Democratic Party really democratic?

somnomania
Community Member
1 month ago

are they not teaching civics classes anymore? no wonder this country's in the state it's in

Mandy Delaforce (PC Girl)
Community Member
1 month ago

Sounds like HE dodged the bullet here, not the other way around.

NWB
Community Member
1 month ago

I worry about the lack of other info too....eek

Mazer
Community Member
1 month ago

While these replies are full of mental gymnastics nobody has gotten above a five although truth monster has obviously been at practice for awhile

Bonniebluebutler
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1 month ago

Not so bad, if he's teachable. So you teach that only Democrats truly for the health and well-being of the 99%

Joe Blow
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1 month ago

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You screwed up. I would kill to be in a relationship with that person.

Marlowe Fitzpatrik
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1 month ago

That's drastic. That person is free to date, you don't have to kill anyone. Just go out and get him

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#14

Pettiest-Reasons-Refused-To-Date-Someone-Reddit She kept using the word "Redonkulous" in normal conversation. I felt my soul dying every time I heard it.

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Night Owl
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1 month ago (edited)

My ex loved (and probably still loves) to use the word "Whee!" It gets annoying after a while

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#15

When I found out that he thought lemons were unripened oranges.

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Jackson Floof
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1 month ago

*Facepalm*

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#16

Pettiest-Reasons-Refused-To-Date-Someone-Reddit I went out on a few dates with a guy that I had been really into for months. I was starting to realize he wasnt the brightest bulb in the room. Then one day he said he liked watching commercials on TV and that was that.

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Night Owl
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1 month ago

Totally understandable

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#17

Pettiest-Reasons-Refused-To-Date-Someone-Reddit Not me, but someone refusing to date me because, “it’s weird you don’t have Instagram.”

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Night Owl
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1 month ago

Were they an influencer?

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#18

His name was Mario and he was a plumber. I just couldn't.

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Max Thompson
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1 month ago

Awww, i would have loved that.

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#19

Pettiest-Reasons-Refused-To-Date-Someone-Reddit She would insist on a job interview level of formality whenever we talked.

Edit:

For those asking for examples, the first time I asked her to my place went like this:

Me: So do you want to take this back to my place?

Her: Is this an invitation for intercourse?

Me: ... yes... it is...

Her: Please ask again properly please.

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Paul Aguilera
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1 month ago

anyone else immediately think amy farrah fowler from the big bang theory?

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#20

Pettiest-Reasons-Refused-To-Date-Someone-Reddit He would call me his "beautiful angle". He really didn't know how to spell angel so for 5 months I put up with being an angle.

Also dated a guy who wanted to put a singlewide trailer on his parent's front lawn and thought I was unreasonable for not wanting to move in with him once he did so.

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Ms.M.
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1 month ago

Awww, acute angle

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#21

Pettiest-Reasons-Refused-To-Date-Someone-Reddit She was super hot, but she smelled. I dunno if she didn't shower or use deodorant, but she just smelled funky. I couldn't do it. My best girl friend at the time was like, "just tell her". How do you tell a girl you've known for a few weeks that she smells bad?!?! So I just stopped talking to her. Brilliant.

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Ms.M.
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1 month ago

Well, that stinks...

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#22

All The Words In Every Text He Sent Were Capitalised. Trust Me, It Got ANNOYING.

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Sarah Simons
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1 month ago

I understand

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#23

Pettiest-Reasons-Refused-To-Date-Someone-Reddit Everytime I touched her, I would smell of egg. Like holding hands, egg.. Hug her, my shirt would smell of egg.

Strangest bit was, she didn't smell like that whatsoever.

Also, when I broke it off, the egg smelling stopped. So IDK.

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Ms.M.
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1 month ago

This one is eggstra weird

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#24

He was awful in a trivia game we were playing. I mean, really bad, like it was his first day pretending to be a human on Earth and the aliens hadn’t briefed him sufficiently.

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Paul Aguilera
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1 month ago

i hate trivia games. i dont want need to broadcast my ignorance, i need to be safe in my personal knowledge bubble

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#25

One word replies, literally no effort at all, felt like I was writing a monologue.

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Noemie Houtekie-N'Da
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1 month ago

This is so aggravating.

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#26

Every time I took a bite of food he asked me a question, after which he stared at me while I finished chewing. The date went on like this for an hour, he had a supernatural sense of poor timing.

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Vicky Z
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1 month ago

Let me eat my food man

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#27

Pettiest-Reasons-Refused-To-Date-Someone-Reddit He wore a Bluetooth piece in his ear. The constant blue light blinking from the side of his head was too much for me. Another guy would text “dame” instead of “damn”. It wasn’t a typo either, it was every time.

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Floofy Husky Puppy
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1 month ago

The Bluetooth guy probably had a friend telling him what to say

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#28

They did that thing where they inflect their voice upwards at the end of everything they say as if it were a question.

After about 10 minutes talking to them I was completely done.

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Susan Stead
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1 month ago

When I was growing up in California, that was normal, especially among the younger folks. I haven't lived there for a few decades, but I recently was on a conference call with members from California, and one of the speakers (who was a recent college graduate) used that inflection, so I guess it's is still alive.

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#29

I was the receiver of the petty reason, not the giver. When I was in college, a girl wouldn't go on a second date with me because my dorm room was too clean.

(edit to add: what I got told by a mutual friend was that because my room was clean, it had to mean that I was gay so she wouldn't date me).

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Nikki Sevven
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1 month ago

Since when is personal and environmental hygiene gay?

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#30

He tried to say what I was saying... as in at the same time. He started mouthing it and then slowly including more and more voice. I would stop talking and start again.... he mimicked the whole time.

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N G
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1 month ago (edited)

That's a genuine thing - can't remember the name of it now, but it's not mocking or p1ss-taking (giving the benefit of the doubt in this case) and people who do it are often unaware that they are doing it. ETA: it's either Echolalia or Palilalia and is in the same class as Tourettes, in that it's a complex verbal tic.

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#31

He said he'd do a full health check on any pets I had. I was pretty peeved at the implication that I might not be caring for them. Also, he wasn't a vet.

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M O'Connell
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1 month ago

Perhaps he had some sort of a discount card?

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#32

She kept using the chick emoji when she texted and said "hewwo" instead of hello. Her face resembled a chick as well. And I couldn't unsee that.

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Yolanda Montazuma
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1 month ago

Wow

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#33

She lived across the bridge and i hate going across the bridge.

Edit. Didnt expect this to blow up. Its the bay bridge in the SF area. I live in oakland. For me to date a girl in the city itll take me an hour to get there an hour home. All of this after working all day. Just not some id want to do unless i was super into someone, whoch ironically id never know since, the bridge. TBH it wouldn't have been fair to her either.

Side note more than a decade later im married to a girl from the other side of the bridge so you could say "i got over it".

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sbj
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1 month ago

""I got over it"" HaHaHa

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#34

He was VERY allergic to peanuts. I eat peanut butter toast nearly every day and I just didn’t want to give that up.

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Ms.M.
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1 month ago

T O A S T

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#35

Everything was going great, thought she was an amazing girl and we'd been seeing each other for two months. Go to her house for the first time and it was a little messy, but nothing to write home about. Then I go to the bathroom and put up the toilet seat... I don't think she'd ever cleaned the bottom of the toilet seat given how disgusting it was. From then on, the only thing I could think about when talking or being with her was that disgusting toilet seat.

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Thorfin Wolfsbane
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1 month ago

Pretty sure she’d never actually lifted the toilet seat ever before.

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#36

She once wanted a burger without chips. I wanted one with chips. She ate all of my chips. Her reason was that because I wasn't eating my chips because I didn't want them. I asked her if I didn't want then why did I order them?

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Max Thompson
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1 month ago

So she could eat them, duh. :3

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#37

Not me, but someone I worked with refused to date this very handsome, successful and kind man because “he has too many things in his pockets”.

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Theater Kid
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1 month ago

This is extremely petty. I think it's useful to have many things in one's pockets (although I'm a girl so these pockets are largely a figment of my imagination).

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#38

Pettiest-Reasons-Refused-To-Date-Someone-Reddit A guy on a dating app said he wouldn’t date me because I didn’t like oysters.

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HooowlAtTheMoon
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1 month ago

I don't blame you, oysters are gross

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#39

I had to explain everything to a girl. Everything.

I still don‘t know if she was exceptional stupid or tried to keep the conversation going and was just really bad at it.

Do you remember the guy who acted like he didn‘t know what a potato was? Texting with her was exactly like that.

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Vicky Z
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1 month ago

I felt tired only by reading it!

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#40

Pettiest-Reasons-Refused-To-Date-Someone-Reddit Same name as my ex.

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HooowlAtTheMoon
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1 month ago

One person i dated (when i was trying to be straight) had the same name as my brother. That was weird.

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