There is no magic number of people you must go out with before you find “The One.” However, most people have to kiss a lot of frogs before they find their prince or princess.
Dating can be intimidating, expensive and seriously disappointing. If you have ever felt like throwing in the towel after a really bad date, you’re not alone. Commiserate with others who were looking for a love connection but wound up with Twitter-worthy dating horror stories instead.
Meeting a blind date, pulled into the last parking spot at the restaurant. Before I headed in, the car to my right slammed their door into my car, didn't say anything, and walked into the restaurant. Turns out he was my date. #worstfirstdate
— kombucha on tap (@_KelsieMarie_) January 11, 2018
It stinks when someone dings your car door in a parking lot. It’s even worse when they do it right in front of you and don’t acknowledge it. But when the offender turns out to be your blind date, that’s just salt in the wound. Here’s the lowdown from Twitter user @_KelsieMarie_:
Falling On The First Date
Went skiing on my first ever first date. Turns out I wasn't that good at stopping and skied into him, breaking my collar bone. I Didn't know what to do, so we went to his apt, watched 2 movies, and then I drove myself to the hospital (7hrs later) #WorstFirstDate #thanksTinder pic.twitter.com/wzD5vVZiXV
— Waluigifanaccount (@SteezySpeezy) January 11, 2018
Apparently, @AnneSpezzia is one tough cookie. Not only did she handle breaking her collarbone like a champ, but she stuck around for a couple flicks afterward. On top of all that, her less-than-chivalrous date let her drive herself to the hospital.
How I Met Your Mother
Watching a movie on the couch when my date's mom walks in. The same lady I caught shoplifting a few days before. #worstdate
— The Attic Vintage (@Atticville) January 20, 2011
Meeting your date’s parents can be touch-and-go. @Atticville had the “pleasure” of meeting her date’s mom once before. Unfortunately, the chance encounter might have involved a ride in a police car.
Front Row At The Concert
Shows up with a friend who is dressed like Michael Jackson. On our way to the car, the friend drops a bottle & a shard of glass pops into my date’s 👁. Cut to the ER..me & the friend are in the waiting room, it’s packed! He gets up & proceeds to put on a full concert of MJ tunes
— MrsBundrige (@MrsBundrige) August 25, 2018
This date could be the trifecta of bad dates. Not only did @bigsisternes’ date bring a friend, but the friend was a wannabe Michael Jackson impersonator. Let’s not forget the emergency room visit, either.
Sharing His Food
My date ordered spaghetti and started eating it WITH HIS HANDS. It became #MyWorstDate when he offered me to try the pasta…off his hands.
— Brianne (@briannehooper) May 24, 2017
You know that famous scene in “Lady and the Tramp”? The pooch pair shares a plate of spaghetti and it’s sweetly romantic. That was not the case with this dating fail courtesy of Twitter user @briannehooper.
He’d Rather Text Than Talk
He said he wanted to meet up for a drink. He showed up Blackout Drunk, finished 3 drinks and ended the night by calling me a “loser” via text when I was still sitting next to him at the bar. #worstdatewednesday #kdwb
— Britt Alexander (@brittanyalex14) January 24, 2018
So he shows up drunk. OK, really drunk. At least he wanted to communicate. We feel for you, @brittanyalex14.
#TheDateWasGreatUntil he showed up for our dinner/movie but his Mom already fed him. We saw my beautiful friend and and while waiting for the show, he asked me for HER #. The movie was Phantom Menace. Jar Jar wasn't so bad after all that. #worstdateever
— Cathy Pick 253 🇺🇸 💙💚🇺🇸 (@chatty_cathy84) August 22, 2018
She’s expecting dinner, but he already ate at his mom’s. She introduced him to a friend who happened to be at the theater, and he asks for the friend’s number. At least @chatty_cathy84 was able to enjoy the movie.
Not The Brightest Crayon In The Box
My date spent our Valentines meal fascinated with the "identical twins" behind me. Turned out to be a couple sitting by a mirror. #worstdate
— Claire Purcell (@Claire_Purcell) April 12, 2012
What are the odds that two pairs of identical twins would be dining together on Valentine’s Day? The odds are slim. Very, very slim. Intrigued? Check out Twitter user @Claire_Purcell’s story:
Should’ve Known Better Than To Cheat The Restaurant
Took me a karaoke joint. Serenaded me with Careless Whisper. Tone-deaf, and couldn't read. Then dined & dashed. I had to go back and pay. #WorstFirstDate
— Stepmom Extraordinaire 🇨🇦 (@Deendalee) February 6, 2018
A karaoke bar can be a fun place for a first date. Singing a song about infidelity to your date might not be the best choice, though. At least he picked up the tab, right? Here’s the terrible tale from Twitter user @Deendalee:
His Interest In Real Estate
A guy spent all of dinner telling me about his ex-girlfriends and how after each break-up he had to move out of their place and move back home. Then he asked how big my apartment was. https://t.co/XgbDwzzHhO
— Danielle Sepulveda Boulevard (@ellesep) August 27, 2018
Talking about past relationships can give you clear insight into your date’s personality. As Twitter user @ellesep realized, finding out he lived off each ex (or his mom) could even be considered a gift. Looks like it was time for him to move again. Move along, that is.
Got a text asking me to go out w/ him. When I got there, he looked confused for a sec before admitting he texted the wrong Erin #MyWorstDate
— Erin (@Erin1237) May 24, 2017
Texting can be a safe and non-threatening way to ask someone out. Unless you have multiple contacts with similar names, that is. In that case, it can be the basis of a major dating fail. Check out Twitter user @Erin1237’s worst date:
There is nothing wrong with some PG physical contact on a first date. An arm around the shoulder or brushing the hair away from your date’s face can be super sweet. As @eveeebyrd would like to point out, however, scalp-grabbing should likely be avoided.
Meet My Ex
#WorstFirstDate going to a restaurant where his ex was a waitress and he burst into tears begging her to take him back is up there.
— Candy Dax (@iamcandydax) July 27, 2016
Running into your date’s former partner can be awkward. Finding out he knew she would be there is embarrassing. But when he cries and begs her to take him back, you can safely call it a night. Twitter user @iamcandydax certainly did.
Sent To The Friend Zone
Let's see, once I asked a girl on a first date, and the too-friendly/personal waiter actually ASKED if we were on a date after I paid the bill.
She let me pay, then says: Nope, just friends. #WorstDateEver @DeathWillArise
— Jay Sandlin (@JaySandlin_WHN) June 21, 2018
We have some questions about this dating fail reported by Twitter user @JSandlinWriter. Was the waiter hitting on this guy’s date? Why would she let her “friend” pay for everything? We might never know.
Dad On A Date
The guy was nice but during dinner, I spotted a familiar face, It was my Dad and he was making out with a lady that was was not my Mom. I left immediately and my date wondered why. Never saw him again. #WorstDateEver
— Susan Young (@Kismetcally) January 10, 2018
Encountering your parents while on a date can be uncomfortable. Encountering one of your parents with someone who isn’t your other parent could be life-shattering. @Kismetcally’s poor date probably wondered what went wrong.
Not Too Sick To Flirt
He got food poisoning at dinner. I took him to the ER. He asked two of the nurses for their phone numbers. 🙄 #MyWorstDate
— Linda Childers (@lindarchilders) May 24, 2017
You can’t help getting sick from bad food. You can help not trying to get dates with other people while on a date. Wonder if @lindachilders1 gave him a ride home from the hospital?
He Really Loved Her Name
#TheDateWasGreatUntil he revealed he had a 9 year old daughter also named Mackenzie..
— kenzie (@mackenseize) August 22, 2018
When a date says you remind them of someone special, it can be sweet. When your date says you remind them of their small child, things can get creepy quick. When he goes on about it, you might opt to ask for the check. Twitter user @mackenseize was justifiably weirded out.
My #WorstFirstDate was to Dick's Last Resort (the place servers act rude). The server brought us a whole lemon on a knife. My date went to take it off & he cut his finger-the nerve, tendon, & artery-we spent the next 3 hours in the ER. He had surgery & wore a cast for 3 months pic.twitter.com/qE6qh9zm0L
— Mack (@macknzmarie) January 10, 2018
Some first dates really make a mark on you. In this case, the mark was surgery and three months in a cast. The good news is that @macknzmarie’s date turned into a long relationship.
— Jenny Neville (@MamaKnowsSocial) July 22, 2015
“Titanic” is one of the most romantic movies ever, in some peoples’ opinions. It might be a bit much for a first date. Throw in the date’s wife and it’s a hard pass. We’re shaking our heads at @MamaKnowsSocial’s unbelievably terrible first date.
Fancy Meeting You Here
had plans to go watch a movie and he ditched me 30 minutes before, but i found friends to go with me instead since i already had tickets. he showed up w another girl and sat infront of me. #worstdateever
— perri (@perrimichelle_) April 11, 2018
Canceling plans half an hour before your date is rude. Running into each other at the place you were supposed to go to on your date is downright tacky. At least he apologized to @perrimichelle_.
The Bartender Took Over
— Queen Goth (@Queen_Goth_PS4) May 21, 2018
It’s their first date, but he leaves her alone at the bar while he plays pool with the guys all night. She could have gotten angry. Instead, @Queen_Goth_PS4 got the bartender.
— RoadRunner (@RoadRunner807) February 13, 2018
Posting on social media while on a date shows bad manners. That doesn’t even begin to describe this dating fail shared by Twitter user @RoadRunner807. Tagging your date in a post about how bad things are going while on the date is a new level of unmannerly.
I met a girl for a blind date once. She didn’t say a single word throughout dinner, finished her meal and walked out. I then checked my phone and there was a msg from the girl saying she couldn’t make it tonight… Who the hell did I eat with!? #WorstFirstDate @jimmyfallon
— Scott Sedore (@sedore93) January 10, 2018
We hope she was already at the table when @sedore93 arrived. Otherwise, this is sheer craziness. Can’t help but wonder who paid.
Smooth Moves Gone Wrong
#worstdate at the cinema, tried to put arm around girl and accidentally punched her in the head
— Sam Willetts (@SamWilletts1) April 12, 2012
Things are going great. He pulls the classic arm stretch to get a little closer. Next thing you know, you’re explaining to her dad how she got that shiner. Poor @SamWilletts1.
— AraJamil (@sitisarah_jamil) February 1, 2018
Everybody has to earn a living. Trapping someone into listening to your multi-level marketing talk by asking for a date seems especially slimy, though. We don’t think Twitter user @sitisarah_jamil fell for his pitch.
My friend set me up with her boyfriends best friend so that we could go on a double date. I was kinda exited to go because they were a few years older than us (at the time that impressed me). Long story short, her boyfriends friend was my brother. #worstfirstdate
— Tess Chaney (@tess_chaney) January 11, 2018
Imagine getting excited because your friend’s cool, older boyfriend wants to set you up with his cool, older friend. Then, imagine that you meet said friend, only to find out you already know him. When we say know him, we mean you have the same parents. This is what actually went down in the case of Twitter user @tess_chaney:
What Would Stan Lee Say?
One woman walked into my apartment, looked around, and said "That marvel poster has to go when we move in together."
That was our first, and last date.
— Avery K Tingle, the Gamer Author (@TheGamerAuthor) November 26, 2018
You should never go into a relationship trying to change someone. This is especially bad on a first date. When you bring The Avengers into the equation, you have really gone too far. For @TheGamerAuthor, it was a dealbreaker.
Mixing Business With Pleasure
it was the 90s- a first date. he took me out to a nice nightclub, then brought a bundle of roses out of the trunk and asked me to go in and sell them.
— tracy mae 🇨🇦 (@uppyday) April 23, 2018
At first, Twitter user @uppyday must have thought he was quite the romantic. After all, who has a trunk filled with roses for a date? The guy who wants to make some easy money, that’s who.
#WorstFirstDate He picked me up to go see a movie.
I picked the movie.
We arrived and he found out it was rated R.
He freaked and told me he had to call his Mom to get permission to watch it.
She said no.
We were both 21. 😑
— Jojo (@Uber4Chocobos) January 11, 2018
One would think that a movie date between two consenting adults would be a no-fail choice for a first date. Twitter user @Uber4Chocobos certainly did. We don’t know what we find more troubling here — his reaction to the flick or his relationship with his mom.