So, there you are on a date and you’re just not feeling it. But because you don’t want to hurt him, you realize it might be best not to tell him that, so you rack your brain for what to do. What can you say that’ll be believable and won’t make a scene? Don’t worry – there are plenty of believable (albeit slightly creepy at times) things you can utter that will likely shut things down stat.

“You remind me so much of my ex.”

Even if that’s a compliment, it’s a weird thing to say. They’ll be happy to see you go.

“My roommate is locked out.”

 If you don’t have a roommate, they don’t need to know that. You could also say your neighbor is locked out and you’re the only one with a key.

“I need to go home and walk my dog.”

No one can argue that one, because no one is going to force a perfectly adorable creature to wait to pee.

“I have a 6AM flight.”

So, obviously, you need to be in bed by 10PM, because otherwise you won’t get up on time.

“I have to do laundry or I’ll have no underwear in the morning.”

No one can argue that. Ladies need their undies.

“Are your friends as cute as you?”

 Making them think their friends are competition before you’ve yet to meet them is scary for anyone.

“My parents are going to love you.”

You haven’t even gotten through the first course and you’re already planning on them meeting your parents? Yep, that will overwhelm them to no return.

“I think I have food poisoning.”

You may not have had dinner together, but that doesn’t mean you didn’t get sick from whatever you had for lunch.

“I should probably tell you I’m psychic.”

Follow that up with how you know exactly what they’re thinking, then yeah, they’ll be pushing you out the door.

“I ran into my ex on the way here, so my night is ruined.”

Normally, even bringing up an ex on a date is a no-no, but since you have no plans to see this person again, who cares?

“I need to get home so my super can fix my stove.”

Once you start feeling like things are going bad, subtly put it out there that you’ll have to leave soon for some apartment related drama. It’s all about the set up.

“I’m pretty sure I love you.”

Because no one, and I mean no one, is going to stick around if you drop the L-word on a first date. It actually makes for the best escape plan around.

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