How to Get Out of a Bad Date

Good Excuses for Getting Out of a Bad Date

What to do, what to do? Your date isn't going well, and you're ready to abandon ship. What's the best way to do it? Let's look at some options, starting with some of the more common excuses:

  • Is there a doctor in the house?: Fake illness. Most experienced daters could pull this off in their sleep -- a migraine, a cold, a stomach bug. Beware, however, of that very tender-hearted date who may just want to walk you home, tuck you in and get you some soup and tissues!
  • Work, work, work: In this day and age, it's easy to pretend you have an urgent fax, text, e-mail or call from your office that you must handle. And since many jobs seem to go beyond five o'clock, this excuse can work in almost any career. However, if you're not going to go back home after your date, watch where you go -- you don't want to run into your date later that evening!
  • Bring in the wingman: This is the friend that saves your tail -- the Starsky to your Hutch, the Robin to your Batman, the Goose to your Maverick. This friend may be at the date location with you, just waiting to swoop in if you give the signal, or somewhere offsite, sending that checking-up-on-you text or call. This is the same friend that you use when you want to approach a dateable person and their friend, so they know your style. Just make sure you rehearse things ahead of time to ensure that your stories match.

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