Using a Coupon: A Deal Breaker on a First Date?

October 13, 2011  |  

As if deciding who should pay for a first date wasn’t difficult enough, a new factor has entered the mix: coupons. Apparently nearly 1 in 5 adults are using a coupon on a first date and supposedly 1 in 4 adults are OK with it. Yeah, I’m not sure what to do with that either.

I know we’re in a recession and on the verge of a depression. Trust me, I know. However, I also know the power of a first impression and this doesn’t make a good one. Would you show up in a cheap suit for a job interview? The two are essentially the same.

I’m really trying to picture what this whole scene looks like:

When the menus come, does the guy start off with, “I have this two for $25 coupon here so we can choose from any of these three items on the menu, boo.”

Or when the waiter comes to take the guy’s order does he start off with, “Hey man I just want to let you know I have this coupon here for $15 off a meal of $50 or more so can you make sure to take that off at the end?”

Or when the check comes, does dude just reach in his wallet and put the coupon discretely in the bill jacket along with the cash for the remainder? What if you’re going dutch? Now he has to fess up to using a coupon. And does his coupon only apply to his portion or both? See, now it’s getting too complicated.

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