Utah woman’s online date mix up has an entertaining ending

Feb 28, 2022, 2:11 PM | Updated: Jun 7, 2022, 2:59 pm
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14:  A couple have dinner inside a restaurant on Valentine's Day on Februar...
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: A couple have dinner inside a restaurant on Valentine's Day on February 14, 2021 in the Little Italy neighborhood in New York City. New York City resumed indoor dining over the weekend at 25 percent capacity, with restaurant hours being extended from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. beginning today. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
(Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – With the rise of dating apps, date experiences have become even more wild and entertaining. Awkward first date meet ups in coffee shops asking “Hi are you Michael? I’m Jessica,” are all too familiar.

So what happens if you show up for a date meet up after meeting online, and they’re nothing like the person you’ve been talking to? A major catfish, but not in the sense that they’re less hot than their photos.

That’s exactly what happened to Mea Bowles this February. Buckle up.

She had agreed to meet a man she’d been talking to on a dating app for a couple of days, Josh. He agreed to dinner on Monday but wasn’t feeling good and changed the reservation to Tuesday.

Bowles was running late after being held up at work and sent her date a message letting him know she would be late. Their reservation was for 6:15 and Bowles arrived about 6:35.

“[I] walk[ed] in to the man sitting there, ‘Josh? I’m so sorry I’m late.’ He says, ‘No problem. You’re not late and our table is ready.'”

He was the right height. Brown hair. Short beard. Handsome. Nice guy.

The server comes over and asks if they’d like a wine menu.

“I’m like, ‘Of course.’ He says, ‘No, I’m good. Remember I’m not drinking? I told you last night.’I’m like, ‘Okay.'”

But she didn’t remember that.

They continue to chit chat, the server brings water, and they mention it’s their first date. But as the date goes on things begin to get interesting.

“I’m confused because as we talk nothing lines up. He is not a project manager, does not have kids, he has a dog. [But my date]  is divorced. Two kids, project manager, etc. I chuckle and just figure I was catfished. Bad. He looks similar but not like his pics.”

As Bowles attempts to continue the conversation, a man and woman approach her. The man looks familiar, but Bowles couldn’t place him.

The woman addresses the couple and asks if she’s Mea.

“I say yes.”

“I’m Kim,” she responds then asks,  “Are you Josh?” to Mea’s date. Meet Josh and Kim who were also on a first date.

“We were on each other’s dates with our, “Josh.” We end up laughing. We got the same wine, same appetizer and a table for four and made the best of the night. So Kim. Josh squared and I went on a first date on 2/22/22.”

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Utah woman’s online date mix up has an entertaining ending