Nowadays, so many couples meet via online dating that when you tell someone that you met your boyfriend in a bar they look at you like you just told them you caught a unicorn out in the wild. And while I carry hot coffee around explicitly for the purpose of hopefully crashing into the next love of my life on the street, I realize that meet-cutes are largely reserved for characters in terrible romantic comedies.
Or are they?
On Monday, social media user Danny Mack asked people on Twitter how they met their partner, and happy couples flooded her feed with adorable stories that, shockingly, did not include late-night Tinder messages. It appears it is still possible to meet the love of your life while shopping for ice cream in the supermarket. Who would have known? And for stories of love gone awry, check out the personal testimonies of people who broke off their engagements.
At the Supermarket
“Went to Trader Joe’s for the first time ever. I’m in the frozen aisle trying to figure out what vegan ice cream is and a woman walks up and says ‘Are you Ethiopian?’ Been married for 2 years,” Berook Alemayehu wrote.
At a Yard Sale
“At a yard sale. He bent over to grab something and I saw how nice that [butt] was… 11 years later, we still going strong,” one user wrote. And if you’re hot on the dating scene, know Why You Should Never Play Hard to Get.
World of Warcraft
“I met him through World of Warcraft trade chat. For a year we used Skype to talk, within 2 years we were together long distance, 3 years later I moved to Norway with him and now we’ve been together almost 5 years & I love him more everyday,” one user wrote.
He Was Her Lyft Driver
“When I moved for work, he was my lyft driver! We couldn’t stop talking in our 8 minute ride, best friends from that day on. He definitely shot his shot and I was like nah the friendship! But he took such good care of me I propositioned him on my birthday! Ring shopping right now,” Tiffany Tracy Lee wrote. For more great relationship advice, here are some Amazing Things to Learn from an Online Dating Coach.
“He posted selfies here on Twitter and some mutual retweeted it and I was like ‘darn who this fine lookin man on my tl’ and so I hit him up and got his number and a few weeks later, he drove 8 hours just to meet me in person for the first time and we’ve been together ever since,” one user wrote.
In a Library Parking Lot
“Library. I parked next to this car & found that the key was left on the door. I took the key to security and left him a note with my name and [number] just in case. He called and offered me coffee, to say thanks. A few dates later, we both knew that this is it,” one user wrote.
“She messaged me on FB saying ‘come drink a beer with me.’ I went drank a beer with her and the rest is history,” one user wrote.
An Awkward Brunch
“Officially: I still don’t recall even being in the same room but there’s allegedly a whole picture If you let me tell it: At his friend’s brunch where I had full intentions on curving him then felt bad cuz I forgot we already met,” one user wrote. If you don’t know what curving is, you can find out in our guide of 20 Online Dating Terms Older People Don’t Know.
A Terrible High School Date
“We went on the worlds worst date in high school that literally was so uncomfortable. Like y’all he shook my hand when I went in for a hug. I got sick from dinner. Like holy [expletive]. But then we fell in love so like worth it,” Teresa wrote.
At a Gas Station
“I was at my former job (Papa Johns) just finished delivering an order and had to stop for gas. So while I’m pumping my gas (Shell Station Pump #5) he pulls up to me gets my number takes me out on a date a week later and now we are married with a beautiful baby girl!,” one user wrote.
At an Audition
“We both auditioned for a lesbian web series and got casted. I met her the first table reading and when I realised she is Hispanic i shot my shot with the little bit of Spanish I knew. I had her at “hola, ¿de donde eres?” Pretty helpful I was wearing a Yankees fitted that day,” one user wrote.
In a Bar…Sort Of
“Last year i saw her in the bar on a couple occasions. Each time i was too shook to speak. I’d never seen a woman so gorgeous. A few weeks after the second time I saw her I had a new follower [on Twitter] and it was her. A few days after that she went through and liked my media.. I shot my shot,” one user wrote.
Through Mutual Interest in Marvel Comics
“I met my bf through a mutual friend of ours, who happened to be my best friend at the time. We all loved Marvel and roleplayed and wrote fanfics. I fell for him right away, but it took five years for us to actually do anything about it. In August it’ll be a year with him,” one user wrote.
In a Hotel
“I’m from CA & he’s from NC! He worked at the hotel in NC I was staying at while visiting for a friends wedding. He asked me for my Instagram. A few flights and many FaceTime calls later we now live together in San Diego and celebrated our one year in Cancun!,” one user wrote.
At a Childhood Cookout
“We first met as kids in the summer of 1998 at a cookout. We never saw or spoke to each other after that. In 2011 after a toxic relationship I climbed from underneath my rock & joined Facebook. Found his profile through a mutual friend, messaged him, drove to ATL, and now I’m his wife!” one user wrote.
In History Class
“10th grade History class. He sat directly behind me and let me copy all of his work. 13 years later, we’ve been married for 6 years and have a 2 year old son,” Amy Host wrote.
At a Wedding
“I spent my last $2 to go to a wedding where I knew no one but the bride & groom. (Had no bus fare home!) After dinner, asked the cute groomsman to dance. He said no. I badgered him into it and we’ve been joined at the hip since our first date a week later. 17 years in September,” Janelle Stevenson wrote.
On the Way to a Date
“I was texting and driving in a parking lot…On my way to meet a different date and almost ran over this HOT guy, I slammed my brakes…He came to my window, I thought he would yell at me…but he asked me out for a drink…I quickly bailed on the other guy, and have been with hot guy for 8 years,” Trisha Mott wrote. Moral of the story: NEVER text while driving because you can actually kill someone, but also meet-cutes are real.”
In a Club
“I was out at a fancy club with a girlfriend. I had literally just told her that I was DONE with men and dating. Five minutes later she introduced me to my husband. We’ve been together since that day, married 17 years this month,” one user wrote.
In a Comic Shop
“He worked at a comic shop. I didn’t want to deal with him, nor he with me. When I was offered a job at the shop, he almost quit. But didn’t. The day he complimented my Alice in Wonderland pin was the day I decided to give him a chance. Friends for years, married since 2015,” Lisa Daly wrote.
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