It’s said that there’s no such thing as a free lunch, and the same rings true for drinks guys buy for you. Feel free to take the drink he offers you “no strings attached,” just know that you’re going to have to remain on your toes as you try to guess what he’s after and when he’s going to come to claim it. Here are four free drinks with no strings attached, except your own relentless vigilance.
A Glass Of Wine At The Bar You And Your Friend Are At
The 60-year-old man sitting next to you says he’s just getting you and your friends drinks because you look like such nice girls, but the amount that he’s hovering around as you continue to talk suggests otherwise. While you were hoping to get a little drunk and relax after a long weekend, you and your friend are going to have to work on achieving the balance of pretending to be a couple, but not too much that he’ll be into it. He means no harm, other than ruining your night by ceaselessly inserting himself into it. Remain vigilant!
A Cocktail At A Work Event
You’re not trying to buy one of the $16 cocktails offered at this cash bar, but you’re also not trying to go home with someone you work with. He told you “no pressure, he just thinks you seem interesting,” but it looks like you’re going to have to spend the next 20 minutes making conversation that’s polite without being too encouraging because it’s better to be safe than sorry. What a fun night!
A Vodka Cranberry At The Club
You’re out with your friends and someone says he’ll buy your drink because you “seem fun”. Which would be true, if you weren’t enjoying that cocktail with a level of sobriety that comes with relentless self-preservation. While you’re not one to turn down a drink, you have to walk over to the bar with him, dragging Jen along with you to make sure the drink goes straight from the bartender’s hands to yours. You don’t want to make it weird with the guy who’s buying you a drink, but you also have to make sure you’re not being drugged. Isn’t ladies night a blast?!
A Cappuccino At The Cafe You’re Working At
You’re trying to catch up on some emails, which is what you tell the guy who sets a second cappuccino that you don’t really want in front of you. While you try to send the message that you’re not interested (and a very busy lady) by continuing to type on your Macbook, you know that any time you glance away from the task at hand he’s going to ask you if you have any siblings. Thank God for generous men!
It’s a calculated risk, accepting a drink from a stranger knowing that you have to remain alert for the next few hours. Of course, there’s always the option to flat out refuse the drink, if you want to get told you’re a bitch who’s totally overestimating how much people are into you.