Whether you’re online dating or meeting people via more traditional methods, the chances are you’ll experience a bad date or two. There is nothing wrong with this and it is actually a really worthwhile experience in many ways – after all, how can you appreciate good dates if you don’t have bad ones.
A Funny Story
A few years ago I was a member of a free dating site and met some via this that I thought I would enjoy meeting. We spent a few weeks chatting via messages and the phone, so I thought it would be a great idea to meet up.
Now, I am not saying this is the best way to escape a bad date, but I have to admit that I did leave the date half way through! Sadly though, I didn’t actually tell the person I was leaving and instead made my excuses to go to the toilet and then left – sending them a message that I was
They were understandably annoyed, and I felt terrible.
You Are Allowed To Leave
The next bad date I had, I was brave enough to tell them that I wasn’t feeling it and made my excuses to leave. This didn’t go down that well, but I did feel better that I had been truthful with them and was able to leave without too much of a fuss! I simply then logged back into the free dating website and moved onto the next person to chat to!
The thing to remember is that you are never obligated to stay on a date that you are unhappy with. Although I would always make sure you are safe when you leave, please remember that if you are not happy on the date then you are well within your rights to leave if you would like to!
Really Bad Dates
However, as lucky as I was to be able to leave these dates without too much hassle, I know that this was not the same for everyone. That is why I was really pleased to read about the Ask Angela campaign.
I really like the idea that bars and pubs are being proactive when it comes to keep their visitors safe. Online dating and meeting people who are considered strangers is becoming more popular so it really is essential that we make sure we do what we can to protect people.
The good news is that I have seen the Ask Angela campaign shared on social media, so it is something that is spreading and becoming more well known. I think before I go on my next date with someone I have met online, I would message the before I attend and see if this is a scheme that they take part in – just because you can never be too sure!