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Slacker and Steve - How Far Did You Go to Get Out of Something? (Audio)

May 16, 2016

If you get cold feet right before your wedding, at least have the common sense to bail before you go through with it.  Don't wind up doing it half an hour later like this guy.A 22-year-old guy from New South Wales, Australia got married a few weeks ago.  And right before the ceremony, he was having cold feet.  So he got nice and drunk, which helped him through his doubts and the ceremony. But when he and his new wife were in the limo from the service to the reception, he realized he really didn't want to be married after all. So he opened the door and jumped out of a moving limo. He was taken to the hospital, and only had minor injuries.  And the police didn't press charges or anything. But his new wife still went ahead with the reception, even though he wasn't there.  She told reporters, quote, "That's $10,000 down the drain." There's no word on where their marriage stands.

Here's why you always need to plan a solid excuse to get out of a bad date. Because if you don't prepare right, your web of lies can blow up in your face. Last month, a woman in Amherst, Massachusetts met a guy on a dating app called WeChat, and they decided to go for a hike. But once they started hiking, she realized she was not into him so she pretended to be SICK to get out of the date. Unfortunately she did such a convincing job, someone called for help and the cops showed up. She eventually had to admit what was really going on, and  they left but now the whole world knows, because they put it in the police blotter in the newspaper. Obviously she wasn't arrested but we don't know what happened with the date after that.

A UK bar put up a sign in their women's restroom offering assistance in escaping a "Tinder date gone wrong." The sign, which has also been added to the men's room, reads, "Doesn't look like their picture, or just plain weird? If you're on a date and it's not going well, come to the bar and ask for Rachelle or Jennifer and we'll get you out of it and/or get you a taxi." The sign goes on to say that, "We will discretely move them away, and if necessary ask them to leave." "The idea came about as a natural progression from what we've been doing here and at our sister site, the Sunrunner, for years," James Hanning, the owner of The Brickyard in St. Albans, England told ABC News. "We have always trained the team to be additionally watchful of groups of women to ensure that anyone approaching them was welcome -- and we'd discretely ask someone in the group if they were happy and intervene when necessary." He said the bar's current offer, which specifically mentions Tinder, came out of talking with some customers. "The Tinder enhancement came about after a women asked a manager if the man she was with looked like the photo on her phone," Hanning said. "It was a light-hearted conversation, but we realized there was a potential for discomfort and thought that a discrete sign would help give dates the confidence to ask for help." The "discrete sign" has now had more than 388,000 views after a patron posted it on the photo sharing site imgur. After public demand, Hanning said the same sign was also added to the men's restroom. Hanning is amused at the international attention this sign has received, but adds, "We would like to see this idea taken seriously. Internet dating has surged in popularity and there appears, from the global interest, to be some nervousness and vulnerability."

This could be the next yuuuuuuge thing.  New dating site Maple Match helps Americans find a Canadian partner for a special mission — to “save them from the unfathomable horror of a Trump presidency.” And the service’s tagline? “Make dating great again,” natch. The site launched about a week ago and the app hasn’t even been released yet, but the concept has already proven popular, NBC News reported. Thousands of people have already signed up to nab a spot on the wait list and this past Friday, the site had 200 sign-up requests an hour.  “This is about finding the right partner and not caring if they’re on the other side of the border,” CEO Joe Goldman explained to The Guardian. “You should go to a place where you’ll be happy. For a number of Americans, in the event of a Trump presidency, that place would be Canada.” Currently, users can register by filling out their information and indicating their U.S. or Canadian citizenship on the site. By clicking a “save me from this madness” button, they can submit their sign-up request. There’s no fee.The 25-year-old CEO from Texas told NBC News that he was inspired to create Maple Match after friends of his mentioned moving to Canada if Trump actually wins in November. “I thought to myself, ‘Given the current political situation, this could bring Canadians and Americans closer together,’” he said.Goldman, who’s even signed up himself, said that he’s received requests from both the U.S. and Canada. And people seem pretty darn excited about the idea. “Americans are using this as a serious opportunity to meet Canadians. People have been sending me paragraphs of explanation. People have been sending me pictures of themselves,” he told the Guardian. “I’ve had people begging me to start this. We’re not just building an anti-Trump app. We’re building something that connects people across borders, and that’s something that has the potential to grow.” Of course with a dating site inspired by fear of a Trump presidency, one wonders if Maple Match will still thrive if Trump isn’t elected. But Goldman assured the Guardian that there’s still a place for the dating service, regardless of what pans out. And it all comes down to love.  “It’s funny thinking that if Trump goes away there will be no more Maple Match,” Goldman told the outlet. “But while the humor is there to generate attention, what will ultimately interest people is their passion for finding someone who means something to them.”

How far have you gone to get out of an unpleasant situation?

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Sometimes you find yourself in a situation that is so awkward or difficult that it has you desperately searching for an escape hatch. How far have you gone to get out of an unpleasant or delicate situation?