Being single on Valentine’s Day can range from overwhelmingly depressing to mildly annoying — that is, if you don’t find a way to have fun with it. That’s precisely what one man did this week (assuming he is indeed single) when he got the idea to go to an Outback Steakhouse and pretend to be stood up by his date in an attempt to get a free steak out of the deal.
Twitter user @baconflavoring, otherwise known as Steven, asked his followers on Thursday, “If I went to Outback Steakhouse by myself tonight and asked for a table for 2, then got progressively sadder as the night went on alone, do you think they’d give me my steak for free?”
What followed was an evening of self-derogation and public humiliation … but all in the name of good fun? After deciding that he was, indeed, going to go through with the ruse, Steven prepared for his date accordingly by making a reservation (as to avoid a 45 minute long wait for a table) and dressing to the nines.
Then he started laying the groundwork for the prank, ordering a chardonnay for the lady, and making quick work of the complimentary loaf of bread. He even brought a gift!
Why yes, he did say “first” loaf of bread up there.
It was perhaps then, that Steven “realized” that his date may not be showing up.
And then things started getting really uncomfortable.
And then, something magical happened — it worked! His meal was comped not by Outback however, but by a sympathetic couple sitting at the bar.
Lest anyone think Steven is kind of a jerk for pulling one over on the unsuspecting couple, he donated the cost of his meal to the ACLU.
As an even happier ending, after his story went viral, Outback Steakhouse reached out to Steven on Twitter and offered him a meal on the house if he brings a real date next time.
Your loss, Katherine.