Guy scams his way into a free Outback steak by pretending his Valentine stood him up

A lonely guy pretended to get stood up on a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner at Outback, wasted hours of a well-meaning but clueless server’s night, and went home with a free meal. Outback even offered him another free meal — provided he bring a real date. 

27-year-old Stephen Bosner spent Feb. 14 on a mission: To bring home a free steak. He made a reservation for two at America’s favorite Australian-ish fast casual steakhouse, donned a suit jacket, and packed some tissue paper into plastic bag as a makeshift “gift.” He walked in, dateless, and told the host that the 10-minute wait was fine because
“she said she was running a bit late anyway.”

But his date didn’t exist — Bosner was doing it all for a bit. He spent the night live tweeting the date that never was, documenting the reactions of his waiter and the Valentine’s Day revelers around him.

He started with a beer for himself and a glass of Chardonnay for his phantom girlfriend. He left classic “let me know when you’re on your way” voicemail as the waiter walked by. He picked through one loaf of starter bread, and then didn’t even bother to slice the second, choosing to stuff the sad loaf directly into his mouth.

Still parked at the table 15 minutes before the kitchen closed, Bosner chugged his date’s wine straight from the decanter as his waiter walked by. 

“I’ve never seen someone scoop glassware as smoothly as he took the untouched glass and empty decanter from the table,” Bosner tweeted. “Every single person within eye range has glanced at me at some point during the evening.”

Naming his date’s untouched silverware “Katherine,” Bosner pretended to call his wayward girlfriend loudly enough for everyone at the bar. 

“I take it you’re probably not gonna make it so …” he trailed off in the fake voicemail, adding enough of a pause for his audience to hear the sounds of people actually having good dates. “I guess I’ll talk to you later. Hope everything’s OK, hope nothing bad happened.”

It’s pathetic and hilarious, but a major dick move. Bosner made the waitstaff stay past their shift so he could forlornly stare at his steak 25 minutes past closing time. He started crying and ate dropped mac and cheese off the floor, eventually garnering enough sympathy for a nearby couple to pay for his meal for him. 

When the waiter came to clear the table, he tried to offer words of wisdom “like a father telling his son that Grandma died.” 

“Take care of yourself,” the concerned waiter told Bosner, clearly pitying the grifter. “Don’t let them get you down.”

To pay it forward, he left the waiter a $20 and donated $50 to the American Civil Liberties Union.

“Otherwise,” he told the Washington Post  “I’m going to have some real bad karma coming my way.” 

Once the thread went viral, Outback even reached out and offered to cover his next date. 

But some Twitter users didn’t find it funny at all, and  criticized Bosner for wasting the server’s time. In addition to keeping the staff late, the server could have made well over $20 in tips by turning the table to other paying customers. Instead, he had to awkwardly deal with a fake sad dude, who used his empathy for a Twitter joke. 

According to Vice, scamming his way into a free meal was better than Bosner’s original Valentine’s Day plans. 

“I figured, why not? It was better than sitting at home watching The Office again,” he explained. 

While the thread is funny to read, maybe don’t be a jerk to people who work in the service industry. 

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Kenny G is trapped in a maze of roses, serenading Kim Kardashian for Valentine's Day

Nothing screams “romance” more than Kenny G trapped in a room full of glass vases. 

Kim Kardashian West posted a video showing how Kanye went all out for her Valentine’s Day present — surprising her with a room in their posh California mansion decorated with roses. Best of all he also brought in jazz love song icon Kenny G for a solo performance. 

Kenny G — who is best known for his smarmy ’90s hits, crashing Katy Perry’s house party, and being the “sad sax” guy — absolutely kills it. But the vibe is arguably less romantic than it is unsettling. Kenny stands alone, in the middle of a white room with no furniture, no decorations — nothing but roses for days.   

Twitter seems to be more confused than feeling the #romancegoals. 

As the camera pans though, you can see the room setup uses a little something called forced perspective. Kenny G is not, in fact, being held hostage by Yeezy for his elaborate romantic plans. 

Whether or not Twitter agrees on how romantic this gesture is, it was arguably more than what he showed on social media last year. In 2018, Kim posted a homemade card Kanye gave her that read “Happy Valentine’s Day Babe.” Simple and effective? Yes. Kenny G trapped in a maze of roses (perhaps for all eternity) levels of romance? Perhaps not. 

But if you don’t have the cash money to drop on a god of romantic jazz, you can always give your Valentine a card saying “I would trap you in a maze of roses.” 

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Lana Condor gives Valentine's to her favorite rom-coms

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‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’ star Lana Condor picks her favorite rom-com classics for Valentine’s Day. Find out which flicks she picks. Read more…

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Miley Cyrus tweets hilariously NSFW Valentine's greeting to husband Liam Hemsworth

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Valentine’s day can get very lovey-dovey, bordering on sickeningly sweet, very quickly.  

Miley Cyrus’ Valentine’s greeting to hubby Liam Hemsworth this year is not that. It’s the exact opposite, in fact. Cyrus tweeted a pretty hilarious and definitely NSFW meme at Hemsworth. 

“@LiamHemsworth love you,” Cyrus wrote alongside a meme showing Cyrus herself on top of a car with her legs spread apart and the caption “When it’s valentine’s day and bae says hi.”

The photo in question is from her Bangerz tour in 2014.

Thanks for keeping it fun, Miley. #couplegoals right there. 

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There's up to 50% off Valentine's Day gifts in the Lovehoney UK sale

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