Because of my workaholic lifestyle, I was unmarried for years until a friend put me in touch with Alex. From the outset of our conversations, he seemed ideal—beautiful, clever, and charming with a fantastic sense of humor. He works as an architect. When the $400 bill showed up, our first dinner at his boyhood favorite chain restaurant took an unexpected turn.
I was willing to give Alex $200, but Alex insisted on treating. But when he proposed that I utilize my funds for breast surgery, his generosity took a very different turn. Startled, I collected myself and shot back, calling attention to how ridiculous his remark was and suggesting that he undergo a “brain-increasing” treatment. I left $200 on the table and walked out.
I later found out that because of our waiter’s relationship, Alex had been barred from the entire restaurant network. His attempts to defend the offensive remark and his foolish attempt to have me dismissed exposed his callous nature. I learned from the event to confront disrespect and it was a lesson in caution. I’m still open to dating in spite of this since I know that not all men are like Alex. The episode served as a reminder of how important it is to treat people with respect, and Alex was held accountable for his improper comments.