Not Sure How To Feel
She was bewildered, she had no idea how to react or how to feel. Should she have been offended? Was she supposed to let it go and accept it as just another disappointment? She had no idea.
She was surprised to see that the posers had gotten to a whole new level. It became more noticeable the closer she scrutinized it. She had lost all hope. What was the next step for her?
Natasha Reid was in two mindsets about dating apps. She was all too used to all of the liars and the villains. But there were the other people.
Amongst the bad, there were good people, and with her schedule the only way to branch out was through digital dating. She could at least filter out who was a waste of time more often than not.
If a guy had a photo showing his macho car or bike she would already know they weren’t worth her time. Then all the guys that showed way too much “gym skin”.
Then there were all of the guys who posted group photos. There was nothing more irritating than trying to figure out who the person could be.
Hit Or Miss
Natasha was a single mom living in Englefield in Surrey. She was so tired of the coffee dates that normally didn’t go anywhere.
But when she saw Lee he seemed different, she was curious about him. And he had a few qualities that made him look different from the other guys.
Cute And Funny
He looked intelligent, witty, charming, and well kept.
The joke photo of him sitting on the toilet in his underwear immediately made her laugh and made him something special. Then his apartment caught her by surprise, it was beautiful.
He must have been an interior decorator or the person he rented the apartment from was, because it looked incredible.
He looked well-groomed too! He clearly looked after himself and that’s what she loved about it. It felt like it might have been too good to be true. Then she saw something in the background.
There was some laminated paper that hung from a bookshelf with something in bold red spring. They were numbers of sorts.
Then she saw it again on a wall clock and another on a rug on the floor. Then it clicked with her, it couldn’t be true.
She felt her hope disappear as she noticed that the papers were IKEA’s price tags. The whole thing seemed to have been set up.
He lied about everything it seemed. She only kept reading his bio because she wanted to know what else he could lie about. She was in for it once she read more.
Natasha couldn’t believe what he was doing as she kept reading the bio.
But then when she got to the bottom of the bio she saw a sentence that made her explode with laughter. She didn’t think things would take such a turn.
The sentence at the end of the bio read, “Fan of taking photos in IKEA.” Natasha couldn’t believe it, he was lying about it, he was just making yet another joke and the setup was perfect.
But she wondered about the bathroom pic, surely that was also at IKEA… But then she also wondered, how would things turn out if she swiped right on him?
It wasn’t easy to stand out in the sea of Tinder faces, but this guy had done it – and with flare.
And she wasn’t the only one who agreed. It was such a great profile, she just had to share it on social media, and the responses were just as priceless.
Take A Chance
Not only did everyone totally understand her first reaction, but some also thought she should go one step further and “marry that man!”
Hyperbole aside, the 24-year-old mum was more than a little excited to see if there was a match. So, she finally swiped right. Guess what happened?
It was an immediate match! With the chat tool now open and free, she quickly messaged him to tell him what she thought about his photos.
The answer came back just as fast, and he said he was quite proud of them – while attaching a smiley face at the end. The common ground for any future date was already set.
Since Natasha loved the movie “500 Days of Summer”, she would love nothing more than to recreate the IKEA date scene with Lee.
Being a bit of a prankster herself, she had a deep appreciation of the lighter things in life that made people smile. There was also one thing she had no doubt about.
Even if things didn’t click between them, Lee’s amazing personality and quirky approach would definitely land him several dates. The spotlight has also sparked a new fad.
More than one other profile popped up on the dating app – with many guys doing their own staged home “joke” pictures. Another woman named Laura, however, shared that she wasn’t so lucky on her first Tinder date.
She looked seriously uncomfortable. A few of the other diners heard what he’d been saying, and it was getting more concerning.
When it looked like the girl was in serious danger, one diner decided it was time to intervene. A cop stood over the table – and he wasn’t about to play this one by the book.
Laura had just joined the Student Government at college and was excited about meeting a group of students that shared her passion and motivation.
The students were charged with managing a wide range of events, activities, programs, policies, and initiatives around the school. She thought it would be great to make some new friends.
A Leap Of Faith
As fate would have it, Laura made a new friend on the very first day and was quick to agree to swap numbers since they were working in the same department.
What she didn’t know was that he was not what he said he was, and it would be a lot later before she saw his true side. Soon, she would look back and regret every decision leading to the trap he laid.
She had finished up class for the day and was headed home when a text message came through, “Really enjoyed meeting you today. Care to join me for a bite to eat later?”
For a new girl at college, Laura was quite pleased with the idea of not having to eat alone and dinner with a new friend sounded like a great idea. He seemed so nice.
A Casual Meal
“I’d like that a lot!” She texted back. He recommended a casual place that was definitely further than walking distance away and offered her a lift, saying he knew it was out of the way. Strangely, no alarm bells were going off, he just seemed like a really nice guy. Laura sent him her location and they set a time.
She threw on some fresh clothes and spent some time touching up her make-up since there was some time to kill before heading out. A new town to explore, new people to meet, good food and a new friend. It seemed the new school was turning out to be pretty great… or so she thought.
Laura was all dressed up for her night out. According to witnesses, she seemed nervous, but they assumed it was probably just the couple’s first date.
But it soon became apparent these weren’t simply a few jitters from spending time with someone new. Beads of sweat appeared on the woman’s forehead as the situation unfolded into something more sinister.
By the time they had found a table at the restaurant, the alarm bells were ringing in full force. It was like something out of Jekyll and Hyde. Who was this guy? Because he certainly wasn’t the ‘nice guy’ who had asked her to dinner which, to make matters worse, he clearly thought of as a date.
Laura became more uncomfortable the more he spoke. He was dropping inappropriate comments that she was pretty sure most of the tables around her could clearly hear.
The appetizers finally came to the table and she grabbed onto hers like a lifeline. By now, it was just a matter of sitting through the nightmare and moving it along as quickly as she could.
Her plan backfired when he commented on how quickly she ate her food and she blushed a deep red. He was so loud, she just wanted to be swallowed into the ground. She couldn’t believe what she had just heard him say.
Getting Away With It
“Well, at least I know you can swallow, right?” said Laura’s creepy date, loud enough for other restaurant-goers to hear.
A few looked at each other from across the room as if to confirm that they’d heard right. Nobody spoke up. But rather than back off after the restaurant’s reaction, the man doubled down.
“Oh, calm down. I was going to find out in a few hours anyway.” The man spoke with the confidence of an untouchable mafia boss who owned the restaurant and everyone in it.
The frightened girl made a hushed reply that no one could hear, but it clearly wasn’t enough to get him to change his behavior as he continued with a threat that would have most onlookers calling the cops.
“Sweetheart… I picked you up. I know where you live.” The color drained from Laura’s face. It was clear she was dealing with more than just a bad Tinder match.
She fumbled together an excuse and went to the bathroom to compose herself, but returned to the table, not wanting to leave the safety of the restaurant. Luckily, a young man in the restaurant had had enough and stood up.
The scraping of a chair next to their table snapped her back to reality, looking up they both are a bit lost for words. While it looked like the man was going to rescue the woman from the nightmare situation, the twenty-something guy must have had second thoughts and sat back down.
No one else dared to intervene. Laura was in seriously hot water. There was nobody she could call and she didn’t have a car to leave the restaurant.
Laura’s eyes darted around the room desperately as the man plowed forkfuls of food into his mouth. Was he just an exceptionally vile pig she’d met online?
Or did the “I know where you live” comment mean she was destined to end up in tomorrow’s newspaper headlines? She was about to find out.
The shadow of a tall man fell across the table. Now in shock, Laura was reluctant to look up to see what the next chapter in this horror story had in store.
Eventually, she was relieved to see a police officer standing there. But she’d been out with smooth talkers like this before and knew he’d be able to diffuse the situation. She’d soon find herself trapped and desperate.
The cop – who stopped the young man from approaching earlier – placed his badge on the table. He was going to handle this piece of work his way. “So, I’m quietly celebrating my daughter’s birthday with my family,” The cop begins, addressing her ‘date.’ “When I distinctly hear you threaten this young lady. Would you care to explain yourself?” The cop asks without expecting much of an answer, so he continues promptly.
“Now see, we take a very dim view of that kind of thing, so right now I’m deciding if I want to have some of my buddies come pick you up.” Laura fought to keep her mouth closed at the unreal events taking place in front of her. She didn’t know whether to laugh out loud or cry from relief.
“But that would disrupt everyone’s dinner, so how about you hand me your ID because I wouldn’t want you running off on me. Then you go see one of the staff here and settle your bill… the full bill now. This young lady shouldn’t go hungry on account of your poor behavior. Or I can have some of my buddies pick you up.” Disgusted by how he had treated the woman, the man’s response was exactly what the cop wanted to hear.
“Yes, yes. Of course. I’m so sorry,” stuttered the creep. Having made a note of the man’s personal information, the cop made it clear he was never to see the woman again. After he left, the officer made a point of calming the woman down. But this was far from the end of the frightening evening for the woman.
As the officer took down the information on the card he, incredibly, apologized to Laura for interrupting, “Sorry about that miss, I hope I’m not intruding, it just seemed like you could use some help. Oh and don’t worry, if you want to pursue this further I’ll have some of the boys pick him up on his way home, we can definitely take this further.”
Maybe she just wanted this all to be over and done with, or perhaps it was just that she was so certain she was safe from this creep after the ‘talking to’ he got that she didn’t feel that it was necessary.
Then the officer offered her something she never expected: “Well, I’m here with my daughter, she’s about your age, perhaps you’d like to finish your meal with us?”
“We can run you home afterward if you’d like unless you’d prefer to call someone else?” How could she do anything other than accept?
Mr. Nice Guy returned from paying the bill and, suddenly possessing a lot more manners, and asked for his ID back. “There you go… now I have your details right here so I highly recommend you don’t go near or contact this young lady ever again.”
It was the best thing that Laura had heard all night, explicit instruction to ‘get lost’ was the cherry on top of this turnaround.
“Yes, yes, of course, I’m so sorry!” He stuttered and then turned to flee from the restaurant without so much as a goodbye, which was a huge relief. The restaurant felt bigger, as though she could breathe again. Laura picked up her plate and joined the police officer and his family, thanking him again.
They spent the evening celebrating until almost all of the other customers were leaving, relaxed and laughing, Laura’s evening had gone from a dangerous, ugly night to one where the creepy guy learned an important lesson. Laura did enjoy her evening in the end and was happy when she was dropped off at her front door. But she still looked around to make sure everything was safe.