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How To Go On A First Date

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Whatever your age, there are a few ‘rules’ you should observe when making or accepting a date, especially if the person is a stranger or casual acquaintance – and this applies to both men and women.
Arrange to meet your date in a public place, e.g. restaurant, pub, café, etc., not at your own home.
Don’t accept an offer of a lift. On a first date it is best to make your own way to and from the venue.
Ensure that you have enough cash on you to cover taxi fares and a half-share of the bill. Don’t rely on there being easy access to a cash machine.
Leave details of your meeting with family or friends when seeing someone for the first time.
Take your mobile but keep it switched off. If you need to make a call during your date, excuse yourself and go to the cloakroom.
Out of consideration for the other person’s pocket, suggest the date takes place in an informal setting rather than an expensive restaurant.
A lunchtime meeting offers the opportunity for escape if one of you has the need to beat a hasty retreat without giving or taking offence.
Do make an effort to look clean and tidy, otherwise you’ll give the impression that you couldn’t be bothered to make an effort.
Regardless of how the meeting went, do thank your date for a nice time. Even if you don’t want to see them again (for whatever reason) try to be as tactful as possible.
These points may seem over cautious, but if the person you’re dating for the first time is genuine, they will understand.
Trust your instincts and don’t meet again if you have any doubts.
Don’t over-dress for a casual date
Never put yourself in a position that could endanger your personal safety.


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