A short rant about the man I met online who called me a liar

You know when something happens that just makes you despair of humanity? Well that.

Here’s what happened. (I deleted the actual messages as I was so cross, so this is roughly what went down.)

I had arranged a brunch date with a guy I met online. We’d exchanged a few messages, but he seemed keen to meet. Fine. All good. And then I got a cold, which turned into a horrible cough. Anyone who knows me knows I get horrible coughs. I had visions of coughing and spluttering eggs benedict in his face.

It was not sexy.

So a few days before we were due to meet I let him know that I wasn’t feeling well.

‘Are you trying to tell me something?’ he said.

‘Well yes,’ I replied, ‘I’m trying to tell you I’m not well. I wanted to warn you, in case I didn’t get better.’

‘Right,’ he said, ‘only if you’re fobbing me off then I’d rather you were just up front about it.’

‘I’m not fobbing you off,’ I said, bristling. ‘I have a cough. I’m telling you, that’s all. Would you like an audio file?’

‘It’s just that six ladies since November have suddenly developed coughs a couple of days before we’re meant to go out, so I’d rather you were just honest with me if you’re going to cancel and then I’m never going to hear from you again.’

I was annoyed. I don’t care how many people have said what to him. That’s not me is it?

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He launched into an essay about how sorry he was if I was ill, and then some stuff about teabags being left on the side, and honesty in marriage, and how important it was. He finished off by saying ‘time will tell if you are right or I am.’

I had been honest the entire time, so I was getting really hacked off by this point. Time would NOT tell. Because I already knew.

‘I totally understand the importance of honesty,’ I wrote back, ‘but that has to come hand in hand with trust surely? You can’t just assume I’m lying and mistrust me from the start, based on other people’s behaviours. That seems a bit unfair.’

I should have given up at this point, but I was riled.

‘But this isn’t real life,’ he replied, ‘it’s internet dating, and there are different rules. There are thousands of fakes and flakes out there.’

‘Only it IS real life? Because I am a REAL HUMAN?’

I was pissed off.

‘Life’s tough honey,’ he replied. (*appalled face*) ‘There’s a saying about when a duck looks like a duck and sounds like a duck, it probably is a duck.’

‘Duck off.’ I wanted to write.

I mean wow??

‘It would be like reading the Sun and thinking it was news,’ he continued.

‘I’m done here,’ I said.

‘So I was right,’ he replied.

I blocked him.

I mean seriously? I appreciate that it’s good to be cautious, and important to be safe, but surely as human beings we have to start from the position where we assume that everyone is a normal, honest, decent person don’t we?

Or am I just being really ducking naive?

Photo by Jerry Kiesewetter on Unsplash


  1. Joanne
    6 February, 2018 / 12:08 pm

    Tinder flu is totally a thing but you have to just wait until they ghost you after to diagnose it

    • Jo Middleton
      6 February, 2018 / 1:11 pm

      Tinder flu! Haha! It just feels like such a shame that people can’t be honest AND trusting. Whenever I have had to cancel dates I’ve always been honest, even if it means saying ‘I’m going to cancel because I just don’t feel any connection when we’ve been chatting’ – what’s the point otherwise?

  2. Philipa
    6 February, 2018 / 12:54 pm

    People seem so keen to be angry nowadays, so keen to be offended. I think you were measured in your responses, jo. It’s a shame he’d been so let down his fear took over. But that’s not the whole story is it? There’s a general trend of quickness to defend against some assumed offence. He seems defensive. Perhaps my comments are shaped by my own recent experiences. I don’t know. What seems clear is that his seemed to be informed by his.

    • Jo Middleton
      6 February, 2018 / 1:10 pm

      He was VERY defensive. I felt sad about what may have happened to make him react like that, but if we let ourselves become that jaded then we are never going to be able to put it right are we?

      • Philipa
        6 February, 2018 / 1:29 pm

        Yes, you’re right, jo. I confess I’m feeling a little jaded myself.

  3. 6 February, 2018 / 1:48 pm

    OH dear I read this in my lunch break so am currently picking cous cous out of my keyboard. What a strange conversation. Maybe the others had had a change of heart or maybe were genuinely ill but his response is in no way an incentive to ever want to meet him!

    • Jo Middleton
      6 February, 2018 / 2:12 pm

      Oh sorry about the cous cous :-) It was so weird and angry!

  4. Lucinda
    6 February, 2018 / 5:54 pm

    Sorry to hear this but we live in the age of outrage where everybody has the right to be angry at everything and everyone. I despair at where we are heading but I plaster on a smile and hope that if I smile someone will smile with me.

    • Jo Middleton
      6 February, 2018 / 6:22 pm

      It’s the best policy Lu! Don’t let the bastards get us down :-)

      • Gary
        6 February, 2018 / 9:53 pm

        Ithat doesn’t seem fair, He was obviously misinformed. I believe..

  5. iris tilley
    6 February, 2018 / 8:08 pm

    wow I was fuming just reading it glad you left him to it as well Don’t need that in your life total negative attitude. Hope you get well soon Is what he should of said. I can imagine life would be all about him and how everything affects him too.

  6. Hayley F
    6 February, 2018 / 8:41 pm

    Sounds like he needs to stop dating for a while and sort his head out. People in real life can be fake aswell not just on the internet like he thinks. Hope you feel better soon x

    • Jo Middleton
      7 February, 2018 / 11:37 am

      Yeah, I don’t think he is really in the right place to be opening his heart, that’s for sure!

  7. Caroline Hunter
    7 February, 2018 / 2:19 pm

    He seems a bit over the top! I can understand him asking the question in the beginning about whether or not you were fobbing him. Obviously he didn’t want to waste time on someone who wasn’t interested any more. But after that he should have given you the benefit of the doubt and arranged another date. I imagine he must have been treated quite badly by people in the past. What a shame. Are you going to continue with online dating or has that put you off?

    • Jo Middleton
      7 February, 2018 / 2:21 pm

      I’m dabbling Caroline – I’m certainly not going to be put off by one rude man. But likewise there’s no rush :-)

      • Rude man
        8 February, 2018 / 9:04 am

        I wasn’t rude, you flaked on me! Quack!!!

        • Jo Middleton
          8 February, 2018 / 10:43 am


  8. Susan B
    7 February, 2018 / 7:29 pm

    Oh, dear. He must have been deeply wounded by others in the past and it is foremost in his mind when communicating with others today. I guess we all have baggage but it doesn’t sound as though he is ready to begin meeting new people.

    I do hope that you are now recovered and that you meet somebody soon whose communications and company you enjoy.

    • Jo Middleton
      8 February, 2018 / 10:42 am

      He must have been, and that’s sad of course, but if he is still letting that impact the way he treats new people then you’re right, he definitely isn’t ready to be dating.

  9. Wayne Newton
    8 February, 2018 / 3:08 am

    Lucky escape.
    Bunny boiler alert.
    Didn’t deserve you.

  10. Pain in the butt to be
    8 February, 2018 / 9:40 am

    I’d have thought as a blogger you wouldn’t be big on censorship and open to debtates and the whole story. I didn’t see you as such a close minded lady. There are two sides..

    • Jo Middleton
      8 February, 2018 / 10:41 am

      Hmmm… so I’m close minded to dislike someone thinking I’m lying when I’m not? I can’t see how that works? Should I be more ‘open’ to being insulted?

      • D
        8 February, 2018 / 11:13 am

        I didn’t insult you directly I mearly tarnished you with the same brush as others, unfortunately your actions mimicked theirs.

        I honestly believed you were wasting my time and you weren’t genuine. Okay I was wrong, I’ll happily admit that but there are so many time wasters with online dating I’m not an inherently negative person.

        I would have rearranged the date as I was very keen on meeting you, you seem a lovely lady you are stunning and im sure a delight to be around BUT I didn’t want to be messed around, which I have been a lot in the past.

        As for not in the right place maybe that was true.

        I would happily apologise in person and buy you that coffee and eggs Benedict, If not I wish you the best and look forward to reading your future rants x

        • Graham Igglesden
          8 February, 2018 / 4:02 pm

          You showed your true colours, Jo should feel blessed of a lucky escape

  11. Snugglebitch
    9 February, 2018 / 11:35 pm

    Am I the only person who completely relates to the guy and understands where he was coming from?
    He has made it clear, even now, that he really liked you, and that when you let him know you had a cough, his first instinct, was “I knew this was too good to be true.”
    “ive heard this many times before”….
    He was obviously keen to meet you and then disappointed when it seemed you where pulling the same crap that many others had, and he outright asked you. You got defensive and now you’re playing a victim, because a literal stranger, who has been played too many times before and is clearly insecure, didn’t immediately buy your cough story.
    You honestly sound so devoid of empathy and understanding and can’t seem to see this from his point of view.

    • Jo Middleton
      13 February, 2018 / 10:45 am

      I can totally see where he was coming from of course – he has clearly had some bad experiences – but I still don’t think it justifies his behaviour. He said himself that he was projecting that on to me and that’s never okay, whatever the reasons behind it. If someone can’t even take your very first interactions at face value can you imagine what it would be like to be in a relationship with them??

  12. 15 February, 2018 / 11:14 pm

    I think you had a close shave. You may not have found out how insecure and what a nut job he was until several dates down the line. That cough was a blessing in disguise

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