A 26-year-old man named Mark found himself on a date with a 24-year-old woman named Lin. This meeting was orchestrated by a mutual friend’s recommendation, and Mark agreed to give it a shot. However, the date would soon end with a mistake from the man that would play heavily on his conscience.
The Unfamiliar Restaurant
The strangers decided to meet at a restaurant Mark had never heard of. Lin, who lived a 30-minute walk away, suggested this location.
A Beautiful Beginning
Upon Lin’s arrival, Mark was taken aback by her beauty. They engaged in conversation, and Lin shared that she had walked to the restaurant to avoid using gas. Mark didn’t give this much thought, and their conversation continued to flow smoothly.
A Promising Connection
Mark and Lin hit it off wonderfully. “We talked for an hour over dinner, went for a movie (that was 10 minutes from the restaurant), talked more, had fun and I felt like the date ended on really high hopes”, he recounted.
Time to Say Goodbye
As the evening drew to a close, Mark assumed Lin would walk back home, as she had earlier mentioned her reluctance to use gas. However, Lin surprised him by asking for a ride, explaining that it was nighttime and the date had gone on longer than expected. She was scared of walking alone at the late hour.
A Polite Decline
However, Mark too was not keen on using up his gas, and politely declined Lin’s request. He worried that she might be using him for his car. Lin persisted, repeating her concern about her safety due to some suspicious characters in her neighborhood at that hour.
A Parting Glare
Mark stood by his decision and declined once more. Lin accepted his choice but gave him a disapproving look before leaving.
A Surprising Message
The next day, Mark reached out to check if Lin had made it home safely. Her response arrived hours later: “If you call getting catcalled safe, then yes I was safe!”
Blocking and Closure
Mark went to respond to this comment but was distraught to discover that she had blocked him. “I was devastated since I thought this would work”, he explained. “She really made me think I was in the wrong.“
The man attempted to defend his actions. “I did have low gas, and nothing really bad did happen to her, and if she didn’t want the possibility of walking home, she could have got a car/uber”, he pointed out.
A Second Chance?
Mark headed online to express his woes, opening up the post for anyone to comment. Shortly after posting, the man briefly became optimistic when Lin unblocked him, and he scrambled to recover from his loss. However, it turned out that Lin had found the online post, and berated him for his actions, labeling him as “dense”.
To Mark’s disappointment, no one expressed any sympathy for him, even after the humiliating update. “A gentleman always makes sure a lady gets home safely, especially from a date”, one reader pointed out. “You just showed her that the dollar on the gas you saved was more important than her potential safety.”
He Had Options
Other readers berated the man for not taking up a valuable opportunity. “Do you realize that you could have just walked her home!?”, someone asked. “That would have solved both issues and you could have both spent more time getting to know each other.”
A 7-Minute Drive
Mark had mentioned in his post that Lin lived a 30-minute walk away, and when a commenter realized this, the man was ridiculed even more. “A 30-minute walk is a 7-minute drive, at most”, they pointed out. “If you can’t spare the few cents that would have cost for her safety, you shouldn’t be dating anyone.”
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