It all starts out so simply - boy meets girl at the Philharmonic, boy asks girl to go on date, date does not go well, girl ignores boy's incessant calls and psychotic emails, girl gets fed up and posts 1,615 word email on internet, email goes viral.
Beware the perils of dating in the 21st Century, as one New Yorker found out when she agreed to go on a - what she deemed 'horrific' - date with an investment banker called Mike.
When Lauren didn't call Mike back, he felt the only course of action was to Google stalk her to find an email address and proceed to write a lengthy letter as to why she should agree to a second date.
Lauren was so appalled by the point-by-point reasons as to how she supposedly led Mike on, that she posted the letter on the internet.
According to Mike, Lauren played with her hair - a lot. And made eye contact - a lot. She also told him at the end of the date: 'It was nice to meet you'. All sure signs she wanted to see him again, right?
He wrote: 'You played with your hair a lot. A woman playing with her hair is a common sign of flirtation. You can even do a Google search on it.
'In my opinion, leading someone on (i.e., giving mixed signals) is impolite and immature. It’s bad to do that.'
Mike also believes that because he and Lauren like the Philharmonic, are both 'intelligent people' of the same age, that surely they must be soul mates.
He tells her: 'I could name more things that we have in common, but I’ll stop here. I don’t understand why you apparently don’t want to go out with me again. We have numerous things in common.'
'You said that you’re planning to go the NY Philharmonic more often in the future. You’re very busy. It would be very convenient for you to date me because we have the same interests.
'We already go to classical music performances by ourselves. If we go to classical music performances together, it wouldn’t take any significant additional time on your part'
Luckily for Lauren, despite all his criticisms, Mike wants to give her another chance: 'I suggest that we continue to go out and see what happens. Needless to say, I find you less appealing now (given that you haven’t returned my messages) than I did at our first date.
'However, I would be willing to go out with you again.'
Despite his method of communication, Mike would prefer it if Lauren called him, as he doesn't like emails, feeling they can be 'misinterpreted'. But if she doesn't want to call, an email is acceptable.
'I hope you will call me back at xxx-xxx-xxxx (if it’s inconvenient for you to talk on the phone when you read this email, you can let me know via email that you are willing to talk on the phone and I’ll call you).'
When Lauren posted the email on the internet site Reddit, she gave a brief back story which said: 'Friend couldn’t make it to philharmonic at last minute so I went alone, met this guy, went on ONE, HORRIFIC date. Then got this...'
Shakespeare once said the course of true love never did run smooth. He should talk to Mike, who seems to have it all figured out.
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