From awkward introductions to dashed expectations, here are some cringe-worthy romantic moments…

Bad dates happen to the best of us, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a good laugh!

From awkward introductions to dashed expectations on Valentine’s Day, here are some of your most cringe-worthy romantic moments:

Three’s a crowd

I went on a blind coffee date once, which was very awkward the whole way through. While saying our goodbyes, it transpired that my (now not prospective) partner’s lift had arrived – in the form of his ex! – Ang Lloyd

Now what?

I sent two Valentine’s cards to a boyfriend – one written by me and one by a friend – to see if he’d tell me. He thanked me for my card and no mention of the other. What did I expect? – Susan Jones

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Come back!

A few years ago, a friend set me up with someone she knew and we met for dinner at a restaurant. About 10 minutes after our drinks arrived, he got up, said he was going to the bathroom, then left the restaurant. It took me a while to realise he’d taken my cellphone with him! – Anonymous

I’ll be watching you…

For our second date, a guy I was seeing took me to a really nice restaurant. I went to the loo when we’d finished our mains and, within seconds of walking into the cubicle, my phone pinged. He’d sent me a Whatsapp to say he missed me already, and hoped I’d hurry back. It could have been sweet but it felt like too much, too soon. I didn’t see him again and I definitely didn’t order dessert! – Jean Meynhard

Oh hello!

During a blind date for Valentine’s Day, I was so nervous that I couldn’t eat in front of him, so after our meal, I said goodbye and quickly popped over to the McDonald’s drive-through, which was around the corner. Only to see him in the queue next to me! – Penny Radebe

Cringe Level 1 000

It took me ages to build up the courage to call a guy I liked. When I finally did, I was so nervous that I didn’t give him much of a chance to talk, I just launched into the dialogue I’d prepared. After asking him out, there was silence on the other end of the line… then hysterical laughter. I’d called the wrong Matthew – and my cousin will never let me forget it! – Anonymous

A bunch of resentment

I live in hope that my boyfriend will arrange for the delivery of a massive bunch of flowers and a gift to my office, but it never happens. Then I hold it against him for about a week! – Melanie Olivier

Mommy’s boy alert!

At a birthday braai, I spotted a handsome stranger. When we were introduced, he smiled like he’d won the lottery – and told me I looked just like his mom. He thought it was a compliment. I thought it was creepy. – Xolani Dlamini

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