My Online Date Turned Out To Be A Cold, Hard Thief

My family always told me to date a man with morals.

Last updated on Apr 25, 2024

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As a broke 27-year-old graduate student slowly recovering from a messy breakup, I posted a profile on OkCupid in hopes of meeting a guy who did his own laundry and didn’t hunt animals.

Despite my Baptist parents’ and grandparents’ longstanding encouragement to find a God-fearing gentleman, my standard was slightly lower. A man who was more or less moral would do.

After a week of exchanging messages with someone who seemed normal until he called me “yummy,” another who confessed he was 18 years old, and one who wrote 1,300 words describing a dream he had, I was prepared to bail and meet my mate the way most everyone I knew had: without the internet.


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When my inbox chimed one final time, I clicked on the message to find strikingly few emoticons. This correspondent used periods, and even some commas.

I was impressed. Reviewing his profile, I learned he was a Greek architect with a nice smile.

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We chose an Irish pub. I arrived a little early and ordered a beer at the bar while congratulating myself on dating rather than moping in front of my bootleg series of "Sex and the City" with Korean subtitles.

He walked in wearing plastic-rimmed glasses and Converse sneakers, somewhere between a hipster and a brainy seventh-grader. We moved to a booth. 

I noted that he was as cute as in his photos. Cuter than the photos, even! This was going well.

We chatted about his work, my grad studies, and New York neighborhoods. Then we moved on to my favorite part of the evening with an online date: all the crazy dating stories we’d encountered over the years.


I went first, describing in great detail the man who sent me a questionnaire I was required to complete before he would ask me out.

“I met my last girlfriend online,” he told me when it was his turn.

I was cursing myself for launching the game as he began a tale about the said girlfriend.

@colezesiger Past relationships usually do come up when dating.Whether you are the one who is asked or if you are observing how your date speaks about their past, a lot of attachment style information is communicated.A securely attached individual will be the main character in their story.They played an active role and they will focus on what they learned.An insecurely attached person will most likely describe the relationship as happening to them.They were the victim. Their ex was the main character and held the control.If you want guidance becoming secure after your breakup I made a course to help you get there.Comment “TO STAY” to learn more! #dating #ex #relationships #attachment ♬ I Wanted to Leave - SYML

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The pair, he said, was walking down the street a year or so earlier when they heard a soft beeping. They traced the sound to an ATM with a debit card sticking out of it. 

He withdrew $200 from the ATM where a stranger's card was stuck, on which they enjoyed a three-course dinner at a nearby steakhouse.

He seemed so self-satisfied that I wondered if at some point this anecdote had actually charmed a woman. He sipped his Heineken and beamed at me waiting for my response.

I was living on student loans. If someone had ripped me off $200, I might actually have to sell something to make rent. 

Also, I grew up in a household where "The Simpsons," forgetting to say “ma’am” or “sir” to an adult, and the word “crap” was prohibited.


The only thing I had ever stolen was a book of ghost stories in fourth grade, and I felt so guilty, I burned it. Then I felt guilty about that because I wasn’t supposed to go near the fire.

Unable to curb my impulse, I scolded him. 

“That was unethical! How could you?”

annoyed woman on a first date with a man Katerina Holmes / Pexels

He said nothing after my reprimand and just grabbed the bill. We sat in silence.


After he paid — or someone did, God only knows where the cash came from — we parted ways without so much as a hug. 

It was a disappointing ending to a date that seemed to be going somewhere at first. But I felt more than okay leaving him in the past.

Perhaps my parents and grandparents had a point when they told me to find a man who was a gentleman. From now on, I think I’ll stick with guys who are more moral, not less.


It's better than ending up with a thief.

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