There's nothing worse than being stuck on a date you really don't want to be on.
Here are seven fool-proof ways of getting yourself out of an awkward encounter.
If you’re terrible with confrontation then a harmless white lie could be your best bet. The trick is to come up with one that’s not insultingly obvious to the recipient, but convincing enough for a guaranteed exit.
This is a drastic last-resort solution, but if you’re truly desperate just 'pop to the loo' and make a run for it. Use your peripheral vision to scout the nearest exit while your date yammers on about their spiritual ‘gap yah’ experience.
The ‘phoney phone call’
An oldie, but a goodie. Always give your friends a heads-up if you’re unsure of a date. Schedule a time for them to call you with an emergency and make sure you channel your inner Meryl Streep for a convincing performance.
The ‘Fake it to make it’
If you’re too polite to not see it through, humour your date with the false pretence that you are enjoying yourself. Then when it’s time to leave, you’ve suddenly come down with a bad case of food poisoning. Apologise profusely for having to leave so abruptly but reassure your date that ‘you’ll give them a call when you’re feeling better’. But you never do.
The ‘Friend Zone’
If you’re having a good time but not feeling a spark, chuck in the F word. There’s nothing worse than being friend-zoned to kill the vibe.
If your date is nice enough but not necessarily your cup of tea – deflect them onto someone you could potentially set them up with. That immediately shuts down any future between you and enables you transition into the ‘friend zone’.
The ‘I’m just not that into you’
Sometimes honesty is the best policy and most people would appreciate knowing whether they are wasting their time or not. Be tactful and mindful of the other person’s feelings, it’s all about the delivery. Honesty does not mean being a bitch.