11 Laugh-Out-Loud Awkward First Dates, Because We’ve All Been There

We’ve all been there — awkward first dates. Some end with a polite handshake while others end less amicably. Still others end in you-can’t-make-this-up moments, like the time I was set up on a blind date and the guy faked a cough halfway through, saying he’s sick and better get home. (I know — sad! Ironically, he was an “actor,” though I felt his cough needed some work!) Or the time my date showed up to a Halloween party as a zombie — and decided to wear red contacts so his eyes looked bloody. In case you’ve never tried to talk to someone with completely red eyeballs, it’s not easy. And then there was the time when a first date and I got stuck in the parking garage of a county jail (where his father worked — we’d gone to drop by his birthday party!) and my date had no cash for the parking attendant. Luckily, I found a bunch of pennies and nickels in the bottom of my bag to get us out of jail… literally.

I’m sure you have a ton of awkward first date stories, too. Yik Yak, is a location-based social network where people send “yaks” (aka messages) and can do everything from explore their local community to share news and jokes, recently shared some awkward date stories with Bustle. The app started on one college campus and is now on over 2,000 campuses across the United States (and will be international soon, too).

So, get ready to laugh out loud as you check out the below. (And your awkward first dates will probably seem way less awkward now!)

1. When Your Date Isn’t Really A Date...

2. When Your Date Is A Bit Shy...

3. When Your Date Doesn’t Think You Look Like Your Picture

4. When Your Date Wants To Run A Quick Errand...

5. When Your Date Has Opposing Viewpoints...

6. When Your Date Is Tired...

7. When You And Your Date Ghost...

8. When You Break Your Date’s Phone...

9. When You Don’t Mind That Your Date Broke Your Phone…

10. When Your Date Tries To Be Affectionate...

11. When Your Date Tries To Kiss You...

Images: Andrew Zaeh for Bustle; Yik Yak