Here’s What Happens When You Go to Extreme Lengths to End a Bad Date

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For as long as dating has been around, so, too, has the question of how to elegantly get out of a bad date. Do you have a friend call halfway through with a feigned emergency? Go to the bathroom and never come back?

While some may be more cavalier about letting their true feelings be known instead of suffering through another beer and mansplaination of the intricacies of modern jazz, one woman’s tale highlights the burden of emotional labor (and is also hilarious).

5:47 p.m. — Police responded to an Amherst site where a man and woman were hiking, and the woman became ill. Police determined the woman was just trying to get out of a date set up using the WeChat app and feigned illness instead of being more forthcoming about why she wanted to end the hike.

Reminder: It’s easier for everyone if you just say, “I’m just not that into you” from the start. But if you’re not going to do that, absolutely do make it as dramatic as possible.