The Worst Pickup Lines, Because We've All Been There

You've probably seen your fair share of creepy openers on Tinder, but just because dating apps and sites are so popular doesn't mean that those bad pickup lines aren't still being said IRL. You may have thought the person was attractive… until they opened their mouths and said  that . Honestly?!

“...Not that I’m any sort of pickup artist,” said Dating Coach Evan Marc Katz in his blog, “but the best pickup lines are entirely contextual—meaning, they arise in the moment. If you’re plotting your line in advance, it’s likely to come across as canned… Just know that when you’re striking up conversation with a stranger, the stakes are low. Desexualize the situation and just start talking about what’s in front of you and voilà—you’re in.”

He goes on to give examples of “lines” people use: “I always get lost in supermarkets—you wouldn’t happen to have a map to the organic tomatoes, would you?”or “Jack and Coke, huh? Maybe I can teach you to drink it straight.”

“Whatever,” Katz said. “All of this is the equivalent of the famous party opener, ‘How do you know the host?’ It’s safe, it’s non-threatening, and suddenly, you’re just talking. You’ll learn later whether you have mutual interest.”

I agree. There’s nothing like “talking”... without the trying-too-hard part. I asked nine Bustle readers about the worst in-person pickup lines they’ve heard. Get ready to cringe.

1. Jenna, 29

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2. Norma, 35

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“The worst was at a bar in Milwaukee, a guy said, ‘Are your legs tired? 'Cuz you've been running around in my mind all night.’”

“The funniest was on the street in Nashville. Pick-up line: Guy: ‘Hey, you look exactly like my fourth wife.’ Me: ‘How many times have you been married?’ Guy: ‘Three.’”

3. Adam, 23

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4. Elizabeth, 44

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5. Melissa, 37

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6. Matt, 32

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7. Rachel, then-21

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8. Ann, 62

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9. Joan, then-20

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