My friend told me this story a few years ago. It’s not as horrible as some of the other stories I’ve read, but it definitely illustrates the need for a “Dating Etiquette for Dummies” book.
In college, my friend was asked out by this guy she met at school. He was cute and seemed pretty nice, so she said yes, and he took her to a nice restaurant for their date. When they got there, they were seated, and the waiter walked up to them and asked them what they would like to drink. Before either of them had even had a chance to glance at the menu, her date took it upon himself to order not only their drinks and his food but also her food as well! If I remember correctly, it was steak or something similar. Too shocked to do anything else, my friend sat there in silence as the waiter wrote down the order and walked away. Feminism aside (and my friend is a strong supporter of feminism, so that was his first mistake), if her date had even bothered to, perhaps, suggest this meal to her (e.g., “I have to recommend that you get the steak here. It’s the best I’ve ever had.”) instead of taking it upon himself to make her decision for her, he would have found out that my friend is a vegetarian.
Perhaps he was trying to impress her by ordering the best thing on the menu. We don’t know what his reasoning was, but he did not get a second date (due to this and a general personality clash). 1120-10
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