You know that dreadful situation where you find yourself getting ready for a date with a man you've never met all because your well-meaning friends managed to talk you into it. "You'd be perfect together - you're both in finance. Plus he loves wine just as much as you," is the thin motivational speech you get from your friend. But perhaps you are just a little interested to see what he's like. What harm can a dinner date do? Just be sure to remember to take heed of these warning signs:
He can't stop talking about his mom
It's a rather obvious one isn't it? The message is quite clear - mom is the beacon to reach for if you want to be his girl. Even if you pass the test, do you really want to hang around with someone who is constantly talking about their mother? No thanks.
He's still playing Peter Pan… at 50
He can't let go. He wants to keep with the times, so he's wearing his pants below his waist with his shiny satin boxer shorts showing… only problem is that he's the other side if youthful. Thank him for his time and leave.
You scare him
If he becomes increasingly quiet the more he learns about you, you know you've found a bad egg. A good mate won't be intimidated by your sexuality, achievements and confidence.
You're his rebound plan
Just as his talk of his mother is highly problematic, so talk of his recent ex should ring the warning bell. Don't expect him to be worth your while when all he can think about is the pain of his previous relationship.
His spent more time doing his hair than you did doing yours
Of course, there's nothing wrong with a man who takes care of his appearance, but seriously, if he starts going on about how much he spends on his hair, or worse still, is wearing more jewellery than you, it's time to call the waiter for the bill.
He's extravagant at your expense
If he orders the most expensive bottle of wine on the list, but wears an ill-fitting polyester shirt and expects you to split the bill, you know he isn't for you.
He's too chivalrous
There's being gentlemanly and then there's the downright controlling. If he insists on escorting you to the bathroom, or does all the ordering off the menu without consulting you on what you'd prefer, you're onto a dud.