A woman was left stunned when a man she politely declined to see for a second date demanded she reimburse him for the money he spent on their first date.
38-year-old Lucy Brown, from London, UK, met the man for a date in a London pub after chatting online and, although she said the date went well, she decided against seeing him again.
So she was pretty surprised to receive a text from her date shortly after they’d said goodbye telling her he was “devastated” and requesting she pay “a contribution for the drinks I spent on you”, ending the message with his bank details.
“I really fancied you and saved up some money to take you on a nice date,” he wrote, “As it didn’t work out I’d be grateful if you could send along something … for the drinks I spent on you thinking I’d at least get to see you again.”
Lucy had also taken the man’s watch home by mistake, but even though her date informed her it was worth €20, he asked her not to post it back because “it’d be too painful to receive the watch in the post and remind me of you”.
“I met him on Plenty of Fish and I thought he seemed nice and normal, with a good profession,” said Lucy, “When I got the text I was crying with laughter — I honestly thought he was joking. But then I realized he was serious.”
A giggling Lucy (and her coworkers, who she’d shown the bonkers message to), replied to the mystery man saying she’d sent him the money and donated the same again to a donkey sanctuary, claiming she’d never laughed so hard.
“Thanks for a genuinely fun date and today’s LOLS,” wrote Lucy in her reply, “It was really lovely of you to insist on paying for the drinks, but in the words of Beyonce I’m a honey that make ma money.”
“So next time, don’t pay for everything just in case date two doesn’t happen in the future!” she added.
Speaking afterwards, Lucy said: “I am a bit surprised — how can he be so devastated about just one date? My life does feel a bit ridiculous at the moment. I just think, ‘Why me?'”
According to Lucy, the man is still not over the experience, and has since messaged her once more saying, “I feel like the donkey sanctuary has come out better from this situation.”
“Some of my friends have been swapping funny pictures of people on Tinder,” Lucy laughed, “But I’d say this guy who asked for his money back was definitely the weirdest date I’d ever had.”