After a night out, we were heading back to his (read: parents’) place and stopped into a bagel shop for drunk food.After ordering, he said “watch this” and proceeded to steal a package of smoked salmon from the fridge and put it in his coat. Between deadbeat dudes, f-ck boys (we’re looking at you, Dean), ghosting and straight-up terrible first impressions, getting to know someone romantically can leave you feeling… Just watch any season of if you need further proof.If you’ve ever felt like love is a battlefield loaded with shitty dudes waiting to stomp on your heart while making you pick up the cheque (or at the very least waste your precious time), have no fear—we’ve been there. 3, FLARE staff have generously shared their most terrible dating stories.And then he did—wearing grey sweatpants and a Bob Marley t-shirt.We sat down in a booth and he immediately starting talking about everything from his childhood to his job. Clear that this wasn’t going to be a two-way conversation, I went into interview mode.
The rest of the walk back was spent listening to him talk about how he and his friends always do that between shovelling pieces of smoked salmon in his mouth.
The date ended with a somewhat unwanted sloppy kiss beside my parents’ van in the parking lot, and a strong desire to never see this human being again. I’d let it slip where I worked, which was a fair distance from where I met him where he lived. Once he got hired, I requested shift times that did not overlap with his. When I was 17, this guy from the high school across town would not stop texting me.