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This or That: Completely Late or a Terrible Dinner Date?

Your parents are hosting a Sunday night dinner at their house to meet your boyfriend for the first time. You’re a mix of excitement and nerves, and you know that your parents’ expectations are high. Unfortunately, your boyfriend is coming from a weekend away so you haven’t seen him or done any of the obligatory meet-the-parents prep talk beforehand. Would it be worse if . . .

This: He’s unbelievably late and doesn’t answer his phone when you call? You’re not sure whether to be worried or angry. He shows up an hour and a half late with dinner cold and only a mediocre excuse.

Or . . .

That: He’s right on time, even bearing a bottle of wine but then proceeds to be a rude dinner guest? He has zero manners and barely manages to answer a question with more than one word.


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ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 8 years
late but he bettter have a damn good reason.
calli-gurl calli-gurl 8 years
if he had a good excuse of being late, then i'd prefer if he was late rather than being an asshole in front of my parents. even if he didnt have a good excuse, being late i much better than being so rude.
EricaJane EricaJane 8 years
either leaves them with a bad first impression! I think that if he was late with a bad excuse, that would send a signal to my parents that he wasn't all that respectful of me, and that would be worse than being impolite, which I would probably be able to chalk up to nerves, and smooth it out easier..
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
I don't really know. I think being late without an excuse would be worse. That is one of the rudest things to me even worse than manners at the table. Either way I wouldn't be impressed. When meeting the parents you should ride together so he can't be late.
designerel designerel 8 years
both are terrible but i guess i would pick late over rude, as long as he is a perfect angel for the rest of the dinner :)
pjamgrl pjamgrl 8 years
Both. He would get dumped either way.
yellowbanana yellowbanana 8 years
well if he was just late this one time he's have a chance to redeem himself. Habitually really late all the time with lame excuses is UNACCEPTABLE though. My ex was like that, a lot of the time he'd call me right before or a couple hours after we were supposed to meet to tell me he wasn't coming. He put EVERYTHING before me. And that's why he's my ex. Anyway so if that's the one time ok. But if he's incredibly rude, I doubt that's going to change anytime soon.
Hootie Hootie 8 years
That... But he would get the boot for doing either one!
Kellanawida Kellanawida 8 years
I'd rather him be rude. Not that I really prefer either but I just HATE lateness!
ayuninur ayuninur 8 years
ayuninur ayuninur 8 years
italianblonde italianblonde 8 years
I definitely would rather have him be late!! At least he could make up for it. Plus, my parents would say we're meant for each other, because I am notorious for my lateness :innocent:
emalove emalove 8 years
Both are incredibly rude, but I guess I'd rather his be late...
dukegirl dukegirl 8 years
Rude is rude and late is rude. I have a hard time with late, so I voted with that.
justanerd1975 justanerd1975 8 years
Yep better late than rude ( as long as he had a good reason and he wasn't rudely late)
mtothawhat mtothawhat 8 years
I should probably edit that, both situations WOULD be annoying to be in.
mtothawhat mtothawhat 8 years
Sarah I agree. I couldn't vote either because they're both annoying situations to be in.
pippins_halfling pippins_halfling 8 years
I think it would be worse if he was rude. He can make up for being late over time, but I think being a horrible dinner guest would be more memorable (and not in the sense where it would be funny in about ten years if you two are still together).
xoxoxx xoxoxx 8 years
I couldn't vote, because both would piss me off.
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