How to Make a Quick Exit on a Bad Date


How to Make a Quick Exit on a Bad Date
FIgure out how bad your date has to be in order to find an easy way out!


By Eleanore Wells, for

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Yikes! This Date Sucks! Now What?

I’ve been on more than a few bad dates in my lifetime, but I haven’t had a seriously bad date in a long time.  That’s because I’ve learned what to do. And what not to do. Here are a few tips on how to cut your “oh no!” dates down to a minimum.  (Of course, I’m assuming that the badness in the bad date is not your fault.)

The Only Tip You Really Need

Make the first date a short date.  Meet for coffee and dessert.  Or a drink.  The first date should last an hour.  You can tolerate anything for an hour, right?  If you like each other, you can always schedule another one for another day.

If you ignore this tip and find yourself out on a good-date-gone-bad, first consider how bad it really is, on a scale of 1-10.  What you should do next depends on how you rate this date.


1 = I’m bored



4 = Something’s not right, though I’m not sure what



7 = What a jerk



10 = This guy is psycho

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1 = I’m Bored

If he’s a nice enough guy but just not that interesting, you should be pleasant about it.  Finish your food and drink quickly and start packing your belongings and refreshing your lipstick like it’s time to go.  He should get the hint.  If he doesn’t, yawn and comment on your early morning tomorrow.  The “yawn/early morning” thing also works if you’re at a party.  If it’s a movie or concert, you don’t have to talk to him much anyway, so just enjoy the event and vow to yourself that next time you’ll pay better attention to The Only Tip You Really Need.


4 = Something’s Not Right…

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