US woman mortified after man abandons first date less than a minute after meeting her

Screengrabs from Rachel Wilson's video / @raychfayce
The woman was abandoned at the restaurant mere seconds after meeting her date. Photo credit: @raychfayce / TikTok

A woman has shared the shocking moment she was stood up on a first date when the man scarpered mere moments after meeting her. 

Rachel Wilson, a 28-year-old from Florida, has garnered millions of views on TikTok for her "dating diaries", where she documents the difficulties of meeting people online and various situations she has encountered on the dating scene. 

In a clip that has since been viewed more than 4.2 million times, Wilson revealed she was abandoned on a first date when the man went to move his vehicle. 

"When my Hinge date leaves 45 seconds after meeting me to 'move his car' but then texts me 'sorry I wasn't feeling it'," she captioned the clip, which has been liked by more than 500,000 people. 

"It's okay you can laugh, it's funny," she added.

As per the Daily Mail, Wilson had arranged to meet the man at a local sports bar for food and drinks on Friday, January 13 after matching and messaging on the dating app Hinge.

Despite no obvious red flags during their back-and-forth in the lead-up to the date, Wilson said he left the venue less than a minute after they'd met to move his car, claiming he'd parked in a bad place. As per the outlet, the 28-year-old said she believed he came up with the excuse after spotting a 'no parking' notice on the door of the restaurant. 

Minutes later, while still standing outside the venue, Wilson received a text reading, "Sorry wasn't feeling it," followed by the 'sad face' emoji.

"I stood in front of the restaurant waiting for about five minutes before I got the text," Wilson said, as reported by the Daily Mail. 

"I didn't respond and immediately deleted his number and have heard no word from him since.

"I think if I was not a confident person this would have honestly wrecked me, but luckily I am very secure and confident in who I am, so it won't affect the way I approach dating moving forward."

The horror story has garnered sympathy from her viewers, with many taking to the comments to share their own dating disasters.

"I had a guy fake having MS [multiple sclerosis] 5 mins into mine. Happened last week," one disclosed, with a second sharing: "Mine had to leave because 'his dog got into the chicken coop', then I got a text later saying, 'sorry I have a gf [girlfriend] and she wanted me home'."

"I would have responded with 'who's this?'" another joked, with a fourth adding: "The dating pool is really at rock bottom."

"Me when my date lied an hour into the date that he was wearing his roommate's pants and needed to go change then ghosted me," another put forward. 

Others have wondered if Wilson didn't resemble the pictures on her profile, with some even accusing her of "catfishing" her date. In a follow-up video, Wilson addressed the comments, responding: "My representation of myself on dating apps and social media is very realistic. 

"I don't use filters, I don't use FaceTune… what you see is what you get, baby," she added.

"I think it's really interesting that everyone's gut reaction is to blame the woman in the situation… Maybe I'm biassed, but I think everyone on dating apps is a little bit of a catfish - you're obviously not going to put bad photos on your [profile]. 

"I just can't imagine looking at someone and being like 'nope'."