“Excuse me, I was wondering if you were aware of the fact you and I are fighting for the title of best looking person on this subway car”, a tall, dark and I wouldn’t exactly call handsome guy had made his way from across the other side of the car and was now hovering over me. As he had walked towards me I had thought to myself, “Oh crap. He’s going to ask me for money”… and up until, “Excuse me, I was wondering…” I had been frantically thinking of a way to politely reject him. But as the words sunk in, I found myself unable to control my laughter. That was the best pick-up line I had ever encountered. Original and ballsy! Any other girl might have sneered in his face and told him to get lost, but I admired his effort. He had taken the time to come up with something brilliant enough to make me smile and I appreciated that. He may have used the same line that same day on several other unsuspecting TTC-goers, but nonetheless I was grateful for that small break from the ordinary. We engaged in some small talk and two stops later, he was gone. No harm done and I had a great story to tell.
For centuries, women have been whistled at, groped, bombarded with sleazy and (even worse) cheesy come-ons…it’s no wonder we have such zero tolerance for the “means-well” and “witty”. I’m not saying that every pick-up I’ve been graced with has been a charming experience, but I will say that I’ve allowed the guy to finish his sentence before reaching a final verdict. So I say, let the man speak…you might just be surprised.
Think of it this way:
A) He finds you attractive, be flattered.
B) He has enough confidence and courage to attempt to do something about it.
C) If he ends up a disappointment, you’ll still have a story to tell!