A woman who twigged on that she was being used by a man she was dating decided to ‘teach him a lesson’ when he tried using the same trick for a second time.
Judy met Steve, a ‘handsome business man’, on Tinder and the pair made plans for dinner after talking and realising they had a lot in common.
At the end of the meal, Judy said she offered to pay as ‘something different to be nice’ because she had ‘a really good time’.
Steve gratefully accepted, saying he would pick up the bill next time and the pair made plans to see each other again a few days later.
On the second date, Steve ordered ‘almost everything on the menu’, as well as wine, and reiterated his intention to take care of it all at the end.
“It was like a feast, it lasted several hours,” Judy told the Ghosted podcast. But when it came time to pay, he confessed that he had left his wallet at home and it was again left to Judy to splash the cash.
He again promised to get it next time, and walked off, leaving Judy with no choice than to pay the £100 bill, who had already travelled 90 minutes to see him.
She told a friend what had happened, who told her: “He must be one of those guys who wants free dinners.”
“But I decided to give him another chance,” she said. “We went out again and it was another expensive restaurant and he ordered a lot of entrees, mains and plenty of wine.
“It was very boring, he was saying the same things he’d already said before. When it came to pay, I was thinking ‘I hope he doesn’t find a reason not to pay’ and, if he did, I’d teach him a lesson.”
When the pair were presented with the bill, Steve told Judy there was ‘something wrong’ with his account and she would have to pay the £125 bill yet again – so she put her plan into action.
“I laughed and said my wallet was in my car,” she said. “So I left and never returned. I did a runner! I was laughing the whole time, I’ve never done that in my life. I just walked out.”
She added: “I never even knew this thing existed but it’s one of these things I’ve heard my girlfriends say that a lot of girls take advantage of the guy online – they want to go on free dinners.
“I actually did not even think for a second that there would be a guy out there taking advantage of women by having free dinners.”