Have you ever realized in hindsight that you completely missed clear-cut signs that someone was flirting with you? These 12 unsuspecting men sure have, and they took to Reddit to recount their experiences. Read on for some painful tales of letting opportunities with would-be love interests slip away…
12. The Unwanted Coffee
“This was back in college. Went to a talent show with a girl. Had a great time. We stop by a bar for a quick drink. It was a little past midnight. I walked her back to her [apartment]. She asked me, “Would you like to check out my place and have coffee?” and I said, “I am not a big fan of coffee. This was a fun night, let’s do it again.'”
11. The Regrettable Lazy Weekend
“‘Hey, wanted to ask if you are free this weekend? We can make some pasta and tiramisu together. I’ll bring the ingredients.’ ‘Thanks for the offer, I plan on sleeping all day this weekend.’ She was an exchange student from Italy…”
10. The Long Drive Home
“My brother was once driving a girl home when she said she thought he had a flat tire. She insisted they pull over and check. She directed him onto a narrow road surrounded by trees.
He got out, checked it out and said it was fine. He was about to put the car in gear when she said, “As long as we’re here, let’s just hang out a bit.” He asked what she wanted to do. She said, “I’m sure you’ll think of something” and put her hand on his stomach. He chuckled and said “That tickles”…before removing her hand and adding “Come over to my house, you can check out my Xbox!” Then he put the car in gear and drove home.”
9. The Music Show
“A girl I’d been chatting with for a while asked to come back to my hotel room to see my music collection on my laptop. So I took her back and showed her my music collection for 30 minutes. That’s not a euphemism, I literally did that until she took pity on how clueless I was and basically jumped me.”
8. The Practical Man
“We were seeing a movie together and she said she was cold. I said, “yeah it’s pretty chilly” and did nothing. Later she said it again, pretty obvious what she wanted. I proceeded to give her my jacket to put around her. I’m a practical man.”
7. The Girls at the Club
“Met 2 girls at the club and we hit it off. After like 30min one of em says “wanna come with us to the car? We need to change?” What I said?! “Nah you guys look good.” Didn’t know anything was amiss until like 3 months later. I shot upright outta bed and realized my mistake.”
6. The Flexible Hands
“I have very flexible joints. As a result, I was well known for doing tricks with my hands during my early uni days. Things like bending my fingers backwards to touch the back of my hand, touching my arm with my thumb, bending fingers into a Z shape etc.
I was at a party with classmates and this girl I vaguely knew asked me for a private demonstration of my hands. I was slightly buzzed at the time so I said sure and took her to the kitchen while she giggled. I started doing my usual tricks but I quickly noticed something was wrong because she got this disappointed look on her face. She mumbled something akin to “ok cool” and left the party claiming she was tired, leaving me confused for the rest of the night.”
5. The Stupid Tutor
“This was back in high school. I was super shy. I had been crushing hard on this girl since freshman year and everybody knew it. She had thrown hints at me forever and I never acted.
I was insanely good at math. So one day as I’m coming out of class she stops me and says that she heard that I’m some kind of math genius and asked me to tutor her. I asked her what she’s going to pay me. She says very suggestively, “oh don’t worry, you’ll be well rewarded.” My stupid [self] responds, “no I need actual numbers to know if it’s worth my time.” I was so dumb lol.”
4. The Post Shower Selfie
“I was snapchatting a girl from my high school when there was a pause in her response, then she sent me a post shower selfie with her arm just barely covering her [chest] with the caption “come play zombies” (she had mentioned playing Nazi zombies earlier in the convo) and my ******* goes: “Do you have Xbox live?” “No” “Then how will we play?” “Idk” Her shirt was back on after that. It’s been 10 years and I’m still kicking myself.”
3. The Missed Massage
“In high school I asked a girl to come watch a movie rental with me and some friends. She was sitting on the floor in front of me, and rubbed her neck saying that her neck/shoulders were sore. Completely missing the cue to offer a back massage, I got up and offered her a Tylenol. My buddies ribbed me for that for a long time. Somehow with my terrible game I still managed to marry her and we have 3 kids now.”
2. The Shared Room
“Went on a short road trip with a girl from work. When booking hotels for the stay, she said “Let’s book a single room with separate beds; it’ll save us money”. I thought that was a good idea and went ahead. That evening when we went to bed, I was showing her a YouTube video on my phone and she went “Make yourself comfy! Why are you sitting on the edge of the bed?”, and raised the comforter – indicating that I ought to slide in next to her in her bed (which I did).
When we were chit chatting, I reached out for a bottle of water that was on a table across from her and accidentally brushed her bra strap with my elbow. I apologized and took a gulp of water. She asked “Is my bra in the way?” I said “Nah, I managed to get the bottle, don’t worry about it!” One day after the road trip ended, it hit me.”
1. The “Anonymous” Love Note
“In high school, I caught a wickedly beautiful classmate sitting at my desk. When she looked up and saw me, she turned bright red and looked extremely embarrassed. Hours later, I realized that someone had written a love note directly on the cover of my notebook…And all I thought was “huh, that’s weird”. To this day, I think of how stupid I was at 16.”
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