Man told to run after sharing 'creepy' request date made after first meeting

Man told to run after sharing 'creepy' request date made after first meeting

The early stages of dating are an exciting and nerve-wracking time. While there's nothing better than meeting someone you click with, the stronger the click, the greater the anxiety that you'll accidentally mess things up.

Thankfully, although it's a minefield, there are some hard and fast rules to increase your odds of a second date. Like keeping your inner psycho under lock and key for, well, ever. Something a man in this story failed to do.

A person texting. Credit: Getty

Taking to Twitter, a man named Eric from New York, shared a screenshot of a text he'd received from a man after a first date, captioning it: "Goes on first date, scared he'll ghost but instead gets this text."

It began with the man writing that he was on his way to the gym, followed by a request for a "favor".

Not knowing what this favor was, Eric agreed, writing: "Yeah, what do you need?"

The man then asked Eric to turn on "read receipts" on his phone. Seriously.

Understandably, it didn't take long for the tweet to go viral, as a woman's list of rules from her "toxic" ex recently did, and at the time of writing, it has had almost 1.5K retweets and 18K likes.

There were countless comments in response to the tweet, the vast majority of which urged Eric to run for the hills:

"Run as far and fast as possible," advised the Twitter user below.

Many people suggested the best thing Eric could do was agree to the bizarre "favor", then never open another message from the man again. Others, however, advised Eric to block him.

Then there were those who admitted that they didn't know what a "read receipt" was, and had to consult Google.

If you fall into this category, it's a receipt on iMessage which allows users to see if their message has been read and when - just like the two blue ticks on WhatsApp.

In short, it means you will be able to tell if someone is ignoring your text or not.

Let's just hope Eric had the good sense to leave his read receipts off.