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(Iwon)   Greatest company in the world offers opportunity for users to get out of bad dates via "fake emergency" messages to cellphone   (apnews1.iwon.com) divider line 63
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2006-04-20 08:55:38 AM
Cool, unless you're on the receiving end of the raw deal.

/guess who's fapping in their mother's basement again
 
2006-04-20 09:00:39 AM
img89.imageshack.us

This country is going straight to hell
 
2006-04-20 09:05:49 AM
Just set the alarm clock on your phone to you ring tone. Set the time. If all is good then just hang up. If it is a bad date, make some shiat up and scram.
/Simple.
 
2006-04-20 09:08:33 AM
If a date is bad, why not just say "look, this isn't working out, I hope you find a person who is a good match" and then leave like an adult instead of playing games like this?
 
2006-04-20 09:09:30 AM
w0nka knows. It's not rocket science. Why pay when your cell phone already has the "ditch this crazy broad" feature built-in?
 
2006-04-20 09:09:33 AM
Or you could have your RL friends call, assuming...
 
2006-04-20 09:10:19 AM
this news is old. Oh and I'm with tasteme. If you don't have the balls and to tell your date "I don't think this is working out" then your a shallow horrible person who will never find true love or happiness.
 
2006-04-20 09:10:46 AM
Why pay a someone for this service? Don't people have friends who can act as "virtual wingmen?"

That, and what w0nka said.
 
2006-04-20 09:10:46 AM
Where exactly is the company involved here? If you don't cancel, your friends call. Just have them call anyway, and come up with some innocuous code phrase like "are you busy?". If you say no, they come up with some "emergency". If you say "yeah, kinda" or something like that, they say, "oh, just seeing if you were free" and hang up.

Why spend money on something you can get free? If the company called you pretending to be your friend/official with an emergency because you have no friends, that's one thing.
 
2006-04-20 09:11:08 AM
The easiest way to end a bad date is to start talking about your previous sex life. Chicks love it.
 
2006-04-20 09:11:26 AM
w0nka

winnerrr
 
2006-04-20 09:12:53 AM
I remember reading about this idea when it first came out about 50 years ago.


/ not really that long ago
// but seems that long ago
 
2006-04-20 09:13:18 AM
Pfft, whatever. Just watch a few episodes of Blind Date and do what those people do. Not only will you get out of the date, you're quite likely to get stabbed.
 
2006-04-20 09:14:01 AM
KHITBASH?
 
2006-04-20 09:14:30 AM
Chicks really like it when you're on a date with them and you leave your cell phone on.

They tell all their girlfriends what an important and popular person you are.
 
2006-04-20 09:15:11 AM

While I'm typing things that are already being said while I type, why don't I just beat this dead horse?

mccavity.googlepages.com

 
2006-04-20 09:15:25 AM
Back on Feb 15th(timing is everything) I had a first date with this woman. At the end of it, she was checking her phone a little upset because a friend of hers was supposed to check in with her. I wondered if that was the "opportunity to get out of it" call that she didnt receive. We are still seeing each other, so I assume she wouldnt have used the option anyway.
 
2006-04-20 09:15:54 AM
superficiality, it's what for dinner
 
2006-04-20 09:16:33 AM
kronicfeld: Pfft, whatever. Just watch a few episodes of Blind Date and do what those people do. Not only will you get out of the date, you're quite likely to get stabbed.

No, no. It was 'Cheaters' where the guy got stabbed.

\dipshiat of a host got what was comin' to him
\\and what was comin' to him was a knife to the gut
 
2006-04-20 09:20:21 AM
I have my wife call when a date is going bad.
 
2006-04-20 09:21:09 AM
For a fat chick, you sure have small tits.

/penis.
 
2006-04-20 09:21:27 AM
2006-04-20 09:08:33 AM eddyatwork [TotalFark]

If a date is bad, why not just say "look, this isn't working out, I hope you find a person who is a good match" and then leave like an adult instead of playing games like this?


Exactly. Games like fake phone calls are for children.
 
2006-04-20 09:21:30 AM
Such as by?


/My wife is a date gone bad.
.
 
2006-04-20 09:23:32 AM
Being in a long-term relationship, I don't have much use for this service as billed.

However, I wonder if it could be tailored into an emergency 'get out of meeting' call, or an emergency 'I can't sit and listen to one more student presentation today' call?

Granted, since you're not with different people each time, it might not be so effective multiple times (I swear, I have students who have lost six grandmothers this semester), but a good 'get out of hell free' card once in a blue moon...
 
2006-04-20 09:25:49 AM
Just say "Hey, this isn't working out. Wanna fark anyway?"
 
2006-04-20 09:26:50 AM
Pimpsta wins!!
 
2006-04-20 09:27:44 AM
I do this occasionally, if I want do dodge a meeting or something. Set a reminder for 10 minutes into the meeting. When it goes off, flip open your phone, and exit the meeting saying "I gotta take this". 60 seconds later stick your head in the meeting with an excuse, and take off for an hour or so.
 
2006-04-20 09:28:02 AM
cephalien: I swear, I have students who have lost six grandmothers this semester

The reason for this is their mom was a slut and doesn't really know who their father was so they are all 'Grandma'
 
2006-04-20 09:30:14 AM
control is right. Leaving your phone on is always a turn on for girls.

Plus, we already do this. Whenever this annoying kid comes into our dorm room, one of us pretends to go to the bathroom and actually alerts the suitemates that we need help. Three minutes later they call pretending to be someone's boyfriend and the two "get into a fight." It's mean, I don't like doing it...but I still laugh.
 
2006-04-20 09:31:32 AM
cephalien

I remember my first quarter of college teaching. Everyone made fun of me because I was sympathetic to the three different students who lost their grandmothers during finals week.

Since then, I have learned to join the death pool. That is, how many grandparents will die during finals week. I won it in December with 27.
 
2006-04-20 09:32:19 AM
cephalien, if it makes you feel better, we students hate listening to student presentations as well.
 
2006-04-20 09:37:08 AM
It's fun to let the person pretending to talk to a fake phone call for 5 minutes, and then you tell the person that you have a cell phone jammer in your pocket and no signal can get through. Who's the fool now?
 
2006-04-20 09:38:15 AM
Your friends will do this for free or you could just set an alarm on your phone. Although I find taking a hooker along usually gets me out of a bad date.

/didn't rtfa
 
2006-04-20 09:45:33 AM
When I'm out on a date, I explicitly ask them to turn off their cell phone beforehand, so this trick wouldn't work. If they insist on leaving it on and at any point during the dinner their phone goes off and they have the audacity to answer it in front of my face, they don't have to make shiat up to get out of the date: I'll save them the trouble, get up out of my seat and end the date for them, right there on the spot.
 
2006-04-20 09:45:41 AM
I get out of bad dates by soiling myself, then rocking back and forth under the table while telling Mommy that my big-boy pants got heavy.
 
2006-04-20 09:54:06 AM
Since I'm a girl, I just suffered through the bad date because I was getting a free meal.

/happily married now and glad I don't have to go on bad dates anymore
 
2006-04-20 09:54:37 AM
goldoche
...and then you tell the person that you have a cell phone jammer in your pocket

Or are you just happy to see me ?
 
2006-04-20 09:55:16 AM
Hack Patooey:
I do this occasionally, if I want do dodge a meeting or something. Set a reminder for 10 minutes into the meeting. When it goes off, flip open your phone, and exit the meeting saying "I gotta take this". 60 seconds later stick your head in the meeting with an excuse, and take off for an hour or so.

Don't the other people you work with have a problem with this?

ygc123:
Why pay a someone for this service? Don't people have friends who can act as "virtual wingmen?"

This is for people who have no friends.

Look, if a date isn't going well, just say so. Be polite, but firm. This goes double for women who have been socialized to be somewhat passive-aggressive. Be assertive instead. It's a lot easier and if the guy/girl is an asshole about it, well who cares what they think anyway?
 
2006-04-20 09:55:39 AM
You have to get a date, first.
 
2006-04-20 09:59:51 AM
nothing like starting out
on your first date with a frickin' LIE.

/what's wrong with you people?
 
2006-04-20 10:05:00 AM
>control
Chicks really like it when you're on a date with them and you leave your cell phone on.
They tell all their girlfriends what an important and popular person you are.


Yeah, I figure that if my date BRINGS a cell phone, it's a bad date. Not that I date anymore...
 
2006-04-20 10:07:30 AM
I'd have to say if you can't be honest, you have a lot bigger problems than a bad date.
 
2006-04-20 10:13:30 AM
I read the headline as "bad debts" - which would have been cooler.
 
2006-04-20 10:18:47 AM
I usually just say...."Hey this really isn't going anywhere. You know it and I know it....but how about a blowjob for the road?"

If she's offended, the date ends and I win.
If she agrees, I still win.
 
2006-04-20 10:20:06 AM
I worked in an office where the phone system was network-enabled. One of the engineers had it set up so whenever the boss walked in his cube and he didn't want to talk to him, he'd just covertly press the right key on his computer, and 10 seconds later, his phone would ring. Of course "Sorry I have to take this one" always ensued.
 
2006-04-20 10:26:23 AM
alarmed by the prevalence of dating disasters...

Oh the HORROR!

Won't SOMEONE think of the poor bad-date VICTIMS!


and online predator stories

If you need a phony call to pull yourself away from a 'predator' maybe you have more serious problems.
 
2006-04-20 10:28:37 AM
This is more of a bad pickup/post-date thing, but Paper Napkin (pops) rocks.
 
2006-04-20 10:31:40 AM
AngryTeacher

My grandmother died during finals week, which was very convenient as it allowed me to lie to my father and tell him I wouldn't be able to attend her funeral because I had finals. The truth of the matter: her funeral was on the morning of May 6th. There was no way in hell (where I will be spending eternity) that I was going to miss my cinco de mayo party in favor of sitting on a bus for six hours to see her dead ass.
 
2006-04-20 11:02:52 AM
www.virginmobileusa.com

old news ... these guys have been offering this for years
 
2006-04-20 11:02:54 AM
I've helped out a friend more than once with this in the past. I got sick of it and set up a cronjob using a modem instead.
 
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