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Dating is a minefield. You have to maneuver around all kinds of potential disasters in the hopes of finding that one special person. For every soulmate out there, there are dozens of bombs ready to explode in your face. While dating apps are meant to make the process a little bit easier, they don’t always work that way. From users being dishonest about who they are to unwelcome pictures sliding into your DM’s a lot can go wrong. Basically, whether you use an app or go old school, dating is hard.
Still, when we asked for our readers to share their experiences with dating, we were surprised by some of the outrageous horror stories that they had to tell. In fact, reading these might just make you delete Bumble right off of your smartphone and take a break from looking for love.
1. Just say no to self-hating Latinos.
Instagram / @sue_k4808
“I meet this dude who was working at my bank, he asked me out and while we were out he told me he didn’t like bad bunny because he was too flamboyant (already knew fuck this guy) and follows it up by [saying] he normally only dates white chicks but I intrigued him that’s why he asked me out …. he’s Latino so much self loathing smh.”— @carrachichi
2. At least you got to go to Disney.
Instagram / @disneyparksblog
“Met a guy he looked really cute in his pics and his voice on the phone Was omg!!! I think I was at least 20-21 when this happened. He worked at Disneyland so he said he’d get me and a friend in for free. Well, when we met Oh wow…he was a short guy nothing like his pics. Poor guy, he was so embarrassed that he had lied….i tried to talk to him but he was always on his phone and he had a girls pic on his phone wallpaper claimed it was his sister ???????? awkward. Oh well, we ditched him and roamed Disney for free.” — @aryannuh
3. Politics and dating never mix.
Instagram / @castingculturewars
“I went out with a white guy who called me ignorant for being [a] Democrat. I threw my drink on him and left.” — @lowhlowh_lodge
Instagram / @shop.glassy
“Met up with some guy from tinder at an arcade bar. Once we met, he asked for money and to order him an Uber so he could go pick up. I left to the bathroom, deleted the app, and went home.” — @effin_melly
5. Those are fighting words.
Instagram / @myworstdatepodcast
“I went on a dinner date with a guy and he asked me what inspired me, and I said my epilepsy condition has inspired me to be a better mom & an advocate to spread awareness to my rare brain condition. Anyways, the night went on and he offered to “drive me home” since my condition didn’t allow me to drive, so I offered gas. Once we got in the car he looks at me point-blank in the face and said “you’d be the perfect woman if you didn’t have your health condition, but if you’re still down we can fuck” then I punched his tooth out & broke his window and said he can fuck himself ????????♀️” — @mrschabelifrancis_
6. You dodged a bullet with this one.
Instagram / @snehj
“Went on a couple of dates with this cute wrestler and one night invited him over for dinner (code for ????????). When he shows up he has band-aids on his face, I asked him what they were for and he said he got ringworm from wrestling mats???????????? When I refused to make out with him etc he left and proceeded to text me calling me a b*tch ???????? Needless to say, never saw him again.” — @bizzz_wilzzzz
7. Who does that!?
Instagram / @dating.is.hard
“Met a guy who was into fitness and was a fitness model online. When we got to the restaurant he opened the door and said I didn’t say thank you to him. I brushed it off thinking he was joking. While ordering he kept substituting everything on his meal which was annoying because he was taking forever. When I ordered he asked if I was really going to get that because it was fattening. ???? When we were leaving the restaurant he again stated that I didn’t say thank you when he opened the door for me. Clearly annoyed, I told him that I had barely crossed the threshold before he even let me do it. I wasn’t feeling him at all and told him if he could take me home because I had things to do. While on the ride back, I asked if he had ever dated any fitness models. He replied that he did but they were very superficial and too into their looks so that’s why he now dated girls that looked like me now. ???? I wanted to punch him! ????Clearly done with him I just sat there and couldn’t wait to go home. After some silence, he stated that he was going to take his leftovers for lunch tomorrow and I agreed. He then clearly said, “YOUR leftovers? I bought dinner. That food is mine.” I couldn’t believe him! When we got to my house he leaned in and proceeded to take my leftovers from my lap and put them in his back seat. Who does that!?!?! ????????????” — @nattie922
8. Some things are unforgivable. This is one of them.
Instagram / @berrylee.onlineshop
“Was asked out on a date by some guy that was in a band. When he picked me up we started talking and I was looking out the window and when I turned to look at him he had his Vienna sausage out and wanted me to touch it . I said no and he stopped the car and made me walk . ????. Then had the balls to call me up a few weeks later to ask me out again. Like he thought I would forget.” — @twistedmixedchica
9. Dating while Latina is brutal.
Instagram / @wearemitu
I went out with a guy who was VERY concerned if I was undocumented. He was ESPECIALLY concerned if I was from Venezuela since the U.S didn’t have great ties with them. I went out with this other guy who the entire date bashed his family, single parents, and wanted me to know that children in single-parent households would never succeed. I informed him I was a child of a single-parent household and I was pretty successful, in my eyes and my friends and families eyes. Dating as a Latina in 2019…” — @verher89
Paul Guadalupe Gonzales made national headlines when his dine and dashing antics first came to light. The 45-year-old is accused of dining and dashing on eight women since mid-2016 defrauding them of $950. After more than two years of defrauding women on dates, Gonzales has been arrested and could face more than 10 years in prison.
Paul Guadalupe Gonzales, 45, faces 13 years in prison for going on dates, racking up the bill and ditching the women before the check arrived.
One of the women — who wished to remain anonymous — told a CBS affiliate back in 2016 that she went on a date with Gonzales after they met online in May. She said that he initially seemed very nice and made lots of conversation. She also said that the date became awkward when he ordered $100 worth of food just for himself.
“This guy is obnoxious,” the women told CBS News. “First of all, who orders two entrees? But he excused it by saying he was a bodybuilder.”
The L.A. District Attorney’s Office allege that Gonzales has been scamming women out of hundreds of dollars between May 2016 through April 2018.
According to a press release from the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, Gonzales faces “seven counts of extortion, two counts of attempted extortion and one count of grand theft, all felonies, according to the criminal complaint in case GA103750. He also is charged with two misdemeanor counts each of defrauding an innkeeper and petty theft.”
At least eight women will be included in the case against Gonzales, and attorneys say he defrauded them out of $950 total.
The district attorneys office say that aside from the women, two restaurants that picked up the check are also listed among the victims. There are also accusations that Gonzales left a hair salon after receiving services and didn’t pay.
Gonzales pleaded not guilty to charges of extortion, grand theft and other charges. If he is found guilty by the jury, he faces a maximum of 13 years in prison.
“@MorningExp: Dine & dash dater may be getting his meals behind bars soon! Women say he'd meet for a meal, eat steaks, and then vanish when it was time to pay. pic.twitter.com/bAWIj1PoGM” Can’t even trust a guy for dinner ????????????