7 Ways To Escape A Dude Who’s Hitting On You

Whether you’re at the bar, at the grocery store, or even at work, we’ve all been victims of unwanted sexual advances.

If a guy is being creepy, touchy, and/or at all inappropriate, it’s totally cool to tell him to fuck off and briskly walk away. But, if a guy is nice and/or cute and you’re still not interested, you probably want to let him down a bit more gently.

We’ve all used the “I have a boyfriend” excuse before, even if we are nowhere near having a boyfriend. But sadly, there are plenty of guys who don’t seem to take no for an answer. Try these quips instead:

1. “I have to go to the bathroom.”

This is a go-to for girls trying to escape being hit on at the bar or club. If you’ve got yourself a clinger, he may insist on following you to the bathroom and waiting outside. If that’s the case, use another option from below. Hopefully, he’ll pick up on your body language and take the hint to leave you alone after your faux-bathroom trip.

2. “I have a boyfriend…who’s in the mob.”

What is it with guys who have stopped accepting the “I have a boyfriend” excuse? It’s bad enough that we need to mention another man for a guy to leave us alone, but it’s equally as bad when a dude responds saying something like “what’s that gotta do with me” or “I’m just trying to be friends” when he’s clearly not just trying to be friends. Perhaps guys would be slightly more wary if you mentioned that your boyfriend was in the mob, or is a WWE wrestler, or went to jail for cutting off someone’s nuts? Just a thought.

3. “I’m running late to meet someone.”

This is a perfect excuse for when you’re walking down the street and some guy approaches you to tell you how beautiful you are and that he’d love to take you to coffee (aka every day, duh). If you’re smart, you’ll give this excuse before you get too deep and feel obligated to give him your number.

4. Pretend that you have headphones in.

If you wear headphones when you walk or run and you get hit on, you could always pretend that you simply don’t hear the cat calls, or whatever animal sounds they may be. Even if you don’t have headphones in and you get cat called, you don’t owe them a response, or even a smile.

5. “It was really nice meeting you.”

If you find yourself in a conversation with a dude that you’re clearly not interested in, this is a cordial way to escape. Finish the sentence off with “but I need to run to my yoga class” or “but I need to mingle with some other guests,” whatever is appropriate for your current situation. If he asks for your number before you dip, which he probably will, ask him for his. That way you can just never text him and hopefully will never see him again.

6. Pretend your friend is your boyfriend or girlfriend.

This is so middle-school-esque, but sometimes you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. It’ll be hard for a dude to act like he doesn’t mind that you’re taken when your fake significant other is staring him in the face. But, you might want to make sure that he doesn’t have any cute friends before you take yourself out of the game.

7. Introduce them to your single friend.

Why is it that once you finally have a boyfriend, all of these attractive guys start hitting on you? Rather than leading them on, introduce the good guys to your single friend who’s out with you. They may be a little bummed at first when they realize you’ve passed them off, but hopefully they’ll get along with your gal pal and she’ll score with the hottie so you can live vicariously through her.

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