There’s an unfortunately common practice among young single people when they go out to bars: if they encounter someone they aren’t interested in, they give them a fake phone number.
Seems foolproof, right? They’re off the hook, and no confrontation was involved. But what about the person that fake number actually belongs to?
When Joey Royle discovered that an Australian girl named Elsie was giving out his number as her fake, reject-number, he was perplexed about what to do with the influx of text messages from guys asking him out on dates.
“It’s the age old riddle,” Royle wrote on Facebook. “What do you do when a girl in Melbourne is giving out your number as her random fake number when she’s rejecting sleazy dudes? Do you a) clear up the misunderstanding, or b) #becomeElsie and organise a date.”
Apparently, Royle’s solution was to troll Elsie’s suitors and essentially catfish them — which serves as a really excellent reminder as to why you should never give out a fake number to some dude.
Royle took the opportunity to basically set up numerous dates for Elsie.
But then, of course, he would always bail at the last minute.
He then proceeded to confuse the shit out of Elsie’s string of gentlemen.
Not surprisingly, it ended up not working out for Elsie’s besotted pursuer.
While the whole thing is kind of hilarious in a cosmic sense (it takes a lot of effort to keep up the Elsie facade), it’s also immensely depressing, because that anonymous guy was clearly hoping to go out on a date with Elsie — but instead, he got catfished by some guy who thought it was incredibly funny to lure him out under false pretenses.
So, in short: if a guy hits you up at a bar and you aren’t interested, just politely say “Thanks, but no thanks.”