A couple of the comments on my recent post on paid dating (a.k.a. prostitution) took me to task for “haggling” on a “date.”
I fear I was unclear about either the general way such dates work, or what happened on this particular one. Money is rarely discussed – at least by me – before the last portion of a first date. Her expectations are unknown, as are mine. There’s always a little bit of an awkward discussion, which can go perfectly smoothly, can be a non-starter for one or the other, or there can be a brief bit of haggling.
On the date in question, no discussion had happened, and we were fooling around in a cab, and saying good night, when she dropped a shockingly high price tag.
I didn’t haggle, I said no. I’ll write more about this another time, but suffice it to say, she wanted me to pay her $70,000 a year.
This wasn’t a negotiation. She told me her price, and I said no, thanks.
And then she started harassing me.