I always love trading dating stories with my single friends, both guys and girls, because there are so many amazing and baffling stories from everybody’s experiences in the dating world.

An acquaintance was on a date with a new guy, I think it was maybe their first or second date. They had gone out for a nice dinner and from what I know the conversation was decent, and the date had gone relatively well. At the end of the date, the bill arrives. Now, I know for me this can be somewhat of an awkward point for a few reasons, but maybe that’s another post. Anyway, the bill comes and the dude picks up the billfold to pay the bill and whips out a coupon. When I heard this my jaw dropped – as did the others around me, so I’m not the only one who thought this was a bad call. There was a collective “oooooohhhh…” from the whole group. It’s not that I’m against coupons, that’s not the case at all. I just don’t think they have any business being brought out on a first or second (or third, or fourth…) date. Bad move. It’s sort of like saying, “hey, I think you’re neat, and I really want to take you out for dinner, but I just don’t think you’re worth 100% of the value of this meal.” Hmm. Good impression? I don’t think so.

Maybe I’d have to pull out my own coupon – 100% off the value of the date. And would I be able to get a refund on my time?