It may have been well over a decade since PlentyOfFish was founded, and it may have been eclipsed by dating giant mobile apps such as Tinder, but it still gets, well, plenty of fish. And just the same as all dating websites, when two people come together for the first time there’s always a chance of magic happening.
Or there’s a chance of catastrophe. We prefer the catastrophic first encounters—they make for much more interesting stories.
While it’s great to listen to your friends recount their first awkward steps after reaching out online, it’s almost always funnier to hear how your friend’s first date went horribly awry. In that vein, here are some of the very worst introductions ever to have happened because of PlentyOfFish.
5. Simply Racist
This story comes by way of Reddit user dinosaur_chunks who messaged a girl on PoF and then decided to meet up for coffee. I’ll let him take it from there.
“Met the girl for coffee. Pictures were pre weight gain. Whatever. She tells me she wants to move to South Carolina. ‘Cool!’ I think. So I ask her why. ‘Because there are less black people there.’”
Yeesh. And it’s at that point we’d all decide to let that fish off the hook. On top of that, she’s also probably wrong: over 27 percent of South Carolina’s 5 million residents are of African descent. Racist and stupid is certainly a winning combo.
4. Cockroaches Are Pets, Right?
Here’s a tale from hypersensationalism, a self-professed animal lover. Mentioning that on your dating profile can be a double-edged sword, as she later found out.
“When I had a profile up, I’d said that I was very animal orientated, worked with horses etc. So I’m chatting to this guy, and he’s asking me all about it, so I ask what pets he has, and he replies with ‘None, unless you count all the cockroaches, they’re even all through my bed!”
Classy. And gross.
3. Send Pics Of Your Boobs, Or Else!
From Buzzfeed user Georgieroset comes this harrowing tale of a PlentyOfFish encounter that went sideways pretty quickly. After meeting on the dating website and exchanging numbers, the conversation fizzled out as it often does when two strangers run out of things to talk about. Then things get weird when the guy tries to rekindle interest in the worst way possible.
A few weeks later he sends Georgieroset a random picture of a woman’s breasts, and then follows it up with, “Send me more or I’ll send that picture of the boobs to everyone you know!” Initially, she tried to call his bluff, but then he started listing off friends on her Facebook profile even though they’d never friended there nor had she ever provided her last name.
2. A True Casanova
Sometimes PoF users are eager to share their own tips and tricks for breaking the ice. From user RomneyWordsworth comes a pickup line he swears has worked at least once.
“I know a lot of guys on here probably message you to try to get in your pants, I want to tell you that I’m not going to try to do that. I want to get you out of those pants ;)”
I suppose you can’t fault a guy for being direct, but we wonder what type of gal you snag with that line.
1. Some Introductions Happen Before You Even Meet
The beauty of dating sites is you’re actually able to introduce yourself before you even meet the person. Every profile has a headline that is the first thing a prospective date reads. Your headline should be something that both draws the reader into reading the rest of your profile and tells the person a little bit about your personality.
What people reveal about their personalities via headlines can sometimes be less than enticing. Some of the worst headlines found:
-This is rather trite, don’t you think?
-Can you make me love again?
-Yes I’ts me….LOL! [grammar unchanged]
-Looking for my night in shinning armor [spelling unchanged]
-I have a few trust issues
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