Horror stories about online dating

“Unsurprisingly, it didn’t go as planned.”If It Ain’t Broke Some guys have the Tinder date down to a science.

“Tinder Tuesday” was the nickname for a customer at a former workplace, says Rachel Miller, now at Chicago’s Community Tavern.

Alone, of course, except for the one other person who’s along for the ride: your bartender.

The modern bartender has a front-row seat to the world of online dating, and for every success story, they’ve seen a dozen awkward interactions (to put it mildly).

About the Author: Sarah Elizabeth Richards is a journalist and the author of Motherhood, Rescheduled: The New Frontier of Egg Freezing and the Women Who Tried It.

Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Marie Claire, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Slate and Salon.

“I saw two people go from meeting and shaking hands to making out and leaving together within 15 minutes.” Congratulations to the happy couple!

Why do people love to tell you their bad online dating stories?

A bar across town where you’re less likely to run into people you know? Somewhere intimate that will impress your date, somewhere you can be alone?Enduring and observing the Tinder date is now an established part of the job description for your local bartender—for better or worse.Here are some tales from the front lines of Internet dating from bartenders across the country.I’m thinking of a widowed 70-year-old who told me he didn’t want to try it because “my friend had a bad time.” This great catch doesn’t have a wide social circle or live in a town with lots of other alternatives to meet people.Since he’s just re-entered the dating scene, he might not have heard enough positive stories to be able to filter out these supposed doozies for what they are – one person’s bad time.

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