Sadly, not every date is destined to be a good one, and no matter how experienced at dating you are, being stuck on an awful date never gets any easier. No one enjoys having to endure hours worth of uncomfortable moments and awkward silences, so it's only natural to want to arm yourself with excuses to leave a bad date... ya know, just in case you need to make a speedy exit.
Uncomfortable as they may be, there's no need to get discouraged by a crappy date. "The overall philosophy should be that dating is an exploration of yourself and other people," John Keegan, dating expert, tells Bustle. "It's about two people coming together, connecting and creating experiences together."
There's no need to feel alone, either: nightmarish dates are a universal experience, as evidenced by the recent trending topic #ExcusesToLeaveMyDate, which the singles of Twitter used to show off their best (and worst) excuses for getting out of a date early. Their tweets are proof that everyone has experienced a horrible date at some point — and that it can't hurt to be prepared with a few ironclad excuses to scurry out the door in the event that your date is unbearable.
Although honesty is always the best policy when it comes to dating, there's also no shame in using a BS reason to leave a bad date every once in a while. If you want some fun additions to your excuse arsenal, here are 15 excuses you can use to get out of a bad date, courtesy of Twitter.
1You Have A Prior Engagement
If this doesn't send your date a clear message, nothing will.
2You Really Need To Take This Call
I think my phone is ringing.— Jeff Dwoskin (@bigmacher) July 21, 2017
Date: No it isn't
My other phone. The one I left at home.
It's probably a telemarketer, but your date doesn't need to know that.
3You Can't Break Your Promise
I promised my wife I'd collect her from her date #ExcusesToLeaveMyDate— craig onetweetwonder (@craigflynn1) July 21, 2017
You guys should really just consider going on a double date next time.
4You Gotta Catch Your Fridge
A classic, totally real emergency that you can't ignore.
5You're Kind Of Like Cinderella
If I'm not home by midnight my man bun turns into a pumpkin #ExcusesToLeaveMyDate— craig onetweetwonder (@craigflynn1) July 21, 2017
Or you could just say you still have a curfew — even though your parents live in another state.
6You *Really* Have To Go
No one is going to press for details about your bathroom visits, so if you're bold enough to bring up your bowel movements, this is a solid option.
7You Really Can't Get Another Ticket
I once said I forgot to pay for parking and left... #ExcusesToLeaveMyDate— Frenesi (@Freny101) July 21, 2017
Honestly, this a totally legitimate reason to leave a date... it's the "never coming back" part that's a tad shady.
8Your Cats Need You
My mom just called, my cats got sick #ExcusesToLeaveMyDate— Emperor Slow🎷ams (@ANGRYref) July 21, 2017
Anyone with a heart couldn't possibly fault you for going to take care of sick kittens.
9You Have An Important Meeting
I need to go check in with my probation officer #ExcusesToLeaveMyDate— MikealaSunshine (@Alohababe2011) July 21, 2017
Not only will they no longer be interested in you, they'll also be too terrified to ever contact you again!
10Your Period Came (Just At The Right Time)
Where was this tag when I needed #ExcusesToLeaveMyDate I spent 10 minutes in the bathroom said I got my period and broke out! Good times 😅— 🌼🌸Jennifer🌼🌸 (@jennifahh22) July 21, 2017
Needing to go on a tampon run is always a good excuse.
11Your Kids Need You
"My husband needs my help with the kids" #ExcusesToLeaveMyDate— Kristen :) (@kristeno_716) July 21, 2017
For parents, kids always take top priority, so your date will definitely understand.
12You Need To Water Some Plants
Plant health is no laughing matter.
13You Have Another Date
while you were in the restroom, i looked at Tinder & someone i swiped right on before you just hit me up, sooo.....#ExcusesToLeaveMyDate— Eric Schmeric (@HepatitisAtoZ) July 21, 2017
It might sound mean, but technically, they were around first anyway.
14You're Actually Batman
To be fair, if your date finds out you're Batman, they'll probably want to keep dating you forever.
15Or Just Tell The Truth
I have to umm...yeah I got nothing...I just don't like you #ExcusesToLeaveMyDate— AlohaTags (@AlohaTags) July 21, 2017
As awkward as it might seem, you can always just tell your date: hey, I don't really feel a romantic connection, but best of luck!
Everyone has different dating dealbreakers, and different ideas of what makes a good first date. Not every date is meant to lead to a long-term relationship, but if you have a good sense of humor about things and can chalk a bad date up to just another life experience, then gradually, you won't feel so much pressure about dating in the first place.
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