According to Stephen Mount, online dating goes something a little like this.
Person A: Hi
Person B: Hi
Person A: What’s your financial circumstances?
Person B: I’m skint
Person A: Bye
In my experience this is certainly not true. It would be interesting to hear where Stephen is meeting these ladies? The only time I’ve ever had someone challenge me about how much I actually earn is when I went speed dating for the first time and it ended up on ITV 1 primetime.
The woman (who I won’t screen shot for her own sake, although I really would like to) who is person A in the following role-play and I’m person B.
Person A: So what do you do?
Person B: I work for the BBC on a special project which I love
Person A: Oh thats a shame, I heard the BBC don’t pay very well
After a slight delay (I was weighing up in my mind how this would play out)
Person B: Well that only matters if your a gold digging ******
Person A: **** ******* ******** ******
Lets say the next 2.5 mins were some of the most difficult conversation you could have with a stranger…
Luckily its only ever happened once and even more luckily it was not caught by the camera for the ITV viewing public, because that would be too embarrassing at the time but ever so funny now.