So much for chivalry.
Venmo, a peer-to-peer payment app founded by PayPal and popular with millennials, isn’t just letting 20-somethings split cab fares and utility bills — it’s turning guys into really stingy dates.
Shaquan Bailey, a 22-year-old caretaker, was thrilled when a guy she met online invited her out for their third date at a restaurant near her Bed-Stuy apartment.
She found the man charming over pizza and wine and, like a gentleman, he picked up the check and then walked Bailey back to her apartment.
She thought the date had gone well — until the guy sent her a $30 payment request on Venmo to cover half the dinner bill, which she grudgingly paid.
First, who here wouldn’t cackle when they received such a request and hit delete? Come on. Who would take something like this seriously let alone actually pay it?
“I had a guy who asked me to Venmo him to pay for a $3 well drink,” fumed Tammy, a 21-year-old beauty blogger who asked that her last name be withheld for professional reasons.
“And I was like, ‘Bye.’ Where are all the real men?”
She refused to cough up the dough.
Yeah, because beauty bloggers are super into their privacy, amirite? They HATE publicity. Spoiler alert: Tammy doesn’t exist. Hence no last name.
Although what these guys did was in poor taste, financial expert and author Lynnette Khalfani-Cox defends them, noting that going Dutch is a sensitive topic.
“Both parties should agree on who’s paying for what before going on a date,” Khalfani-Cox said.
I really want someone to try this and report back to me how it all goes. Undoubtedly, it will be love at first sight. Who are these idiots? More horrible advice being dispensed from people who don’t date. Great.
This isn’t real. Like, at all. My guess is that it’s a PR stunt from the people at Venmo. Notice how many times they repeat the brand’s name? Venmo. Venmo. Venmo.Then there’s the fact that literally nothing about this story sounds plausible. As much as I believe that some people are just this douchey and classless, I have a very hard time believing someone would go to the trouble to issue a payment request for $30 instead of just asking their date to split the bill.
Many women will believe it because confirmation bias and what not, but they shouldn’t. It’s very likely fake. Nobody who actually wanted to be paid would do this.