Most of us are just out here looking for love, and sometimes it can be very elusive.

The reason things don’t work out can be a big thing, or a small thing, or a weird thing, or some combination thereof.

And small and weird is what we’re focused on today.

What’s the pettiest reason you’ve rejected someone?
byu/scotty_puff_jr inAskReddit

So, what was the odd straw that broke the relationship’s back? Let’s hear some tales from Reddit.

1. Horrible taste…

Dude was super sweet, had a lot of good qualities.

He was a plumber and casually admitted to me that sometimes he will bite/clean his nails after work and taste the remnants of what he touched that day.

I could not get over that and had to move on.

– AdmiralPendeja

2. The nose knows

It wasn’t just about her nose, or the way she spoke.. but something about the combination of the two that I couldn’t get past.

All things considered, she dodged a bullet big time

– wormholetrafficjam

3. The dangerous keepsake

Went on a first date with someone that was out of my league. Couldn’t believe my luck! On our way to dinner […]

Suddenly she screamed at me to stop the car. Not pull over, stop right here right now immediately in the s**cide lane of a 4 lane major road. Just before I came to a complete stop in the middle of this busy road, she opened the passenger door and tried to jump out. If a cop saw all this it probably looked like she was escaping a kidnapping.

She jumped out of the car and played Frogger across two lanes of traffic, and I sat there stunned with my passenger door hanging open into traffic. A few seconds later, she came running back with something under her arm. I couldn’t see what it was in the mirror. She had a huge smile on her face and as she climbed back into the car she squealed with delight as she showed me what it was.

A f**king hubcap.

She said it was to commemorate our first date, and that we could share custody of it. I could have it first.

That was our first and last date.

– Uncle_Baconn

4. Oh, baby

I broke things off once because of the size of her teeth.

They were tiny compared to the size of her mouth. It shouldn’t have been an issue, but it creeped me out. I don’t know why, but it was one of those things that I couldn’t ignore and gradually became the only thing I could see. Grown woman with a mouth full of baby teeth… just weird

– CarrollGrey

5. Give me a minute?

She would call me every single day like 2 minutes after I clocked out from work. I asked her several times to just give me an hour before she called. Let me get home first. I had a 45 minute drive home that was my decompression time, blast the radio and get over the days bs.

She couldn’t do it. That hour was to much to ask “but I couldn’t wait to hear your voice!” So I broke it off. My friends tell me that’s incredibly petty. I feel like she can’t respect simple boundaries and it will be a big problem later.

– TacticoolFudd

6. Fellas, is it gay to shower?

He said he never washed his butt because it would be “gay” to touch his own a**.

After that moment all I ever saw when I looked at him was poop.

He was literally a walking turd.

Never dropped someone so fast in all my life.

– Pricklypots

7. No scrubs

He didn’t have soap at his apt.

Even by the 3rd date, no soap anywhere at his place, no dish soap even.

He never smelled or anything, but just weirded me out.

– Additional_Ad1054

8. “Poor people food”

I had an ex who i asked to put a pizza in the oven, and he did. I took a bite out of it when it was done and realised he’d left the plastic film on and it’d melted into the pizza (i thought it was just weird cheese at first.) He then blamed me for making him cook “poor people food” that he didn’t know how to cook, cos his mum apparently didn’t buy that stuff.

His mum did buy that stuff cos id talked to her about food recommendations before, the reason he didn’t know is cos his mum cooks every meal for him and he never sees it before its finished ? he assumed she makes everything from scratch.

– sakura_gasaii

9. The constant caller

I broke up with my girlfriend in eighth grade because she called me four times a day when we didn’t have cell phones.

I got tired of talking on the phone and broke it off.

– qkathmandu

10. Who’s laughing now?

This is awful but it was her laugh. I never told her obviously because someone’s laugh is a representation of when they are happiest.

So shallow as she was pretty awesome.

– Ochsenfree

11. The beer snob

I was rejected because I didn’t like the taste of his preferred beer.

That was it, I wasn’t asking him to stop drinking it – I just didn’t personally want to drink it. We were about to order another round, he asked if I knew the one he had just had, and offered me a taste. I gladly accepted because I try to be open to tasting new things.

I just said I found it a little too hoppy for my tastes and I was happy to stick with what I was drinking. I wasn’t rude, I said it was nice, but a little hoppy for me. His face dropped, it was almost comical. He then said something along the lines that he had changed his mind and he had better get home.

That was the end of that first date. As in he literally decided he no longer wanted another round. The date was over. He had blocked me on Facebook before I walked the 100m to the bus stop.

Pretty sure I dodged a bullet there.

– Sharkoslotho

12. Bod speeling

She was texting me to tell me about her standards for men which were pretty high.

That’s fine.

But I didn’t like all the spelling mistakes she was making.

– yawnandshrug

13. Ew

Dude kissed me open mouthed with relaxed lips.

Not meant as a make-out kiss that was a quick kiss. Just opened his mouth and smashed his face into mine then pulled back. Ew

– kitcat7898

14. Scent of a woman

I could not stand her smell. No, she didn’t stink. But it was that “immune system does not match”- smell.

I just could not get turned on, and the kisses felt like paper.

Luckily, we handled this like grown-ups and are still friends.

– IlPrincipeKaoz

15. Color me surprised

Dated a guy who was color blind.

He’d argue with me about the color blue-green even if I was the only person in the relationship who could actually SEE blue-green!!

– suresher

16. Making the list

I have a friend who has a whole list of petty reasons she’s rejected guys:

• He cut his spaghetti before eating it

• He wore brown shoes with black jeans

• He cut his hair too short

• He dropped something and said “whoopsie”

• After watching her favorite movie, Ever After, for the first time he said it was “just ok”

And then once a month she cries about how she’s still single.

– Johannes_Chimp

17. Big ol’ dinosaurs

Was chatting to a girl online. She seemed very up for it – she asked to meet up, set a time and place. An hour before she says “shoot forgot to ask, how tall are you?” When I said 5,11 she just said “sorry, one inch off” and that was that!

Feel I dodged a bullet tbh

I once rejected someone who didn’t believe in dinosaurs.

– InstantIdealism

18. Soem peepol kant spel

He had the worst spelling, to the point it just made me cringe.

We were flirting over text and he said “I bet youre vergina is s**y” and I just couldn’t.

– SecretMermaidSoul

19. That bugs me

We went bowling and she started saying the bowling ball was hurting her fingers.

She was convinced that there were bugs inside the bowling ball biting her fingers and that was the reason for her pain.

– Wacky_Sacky

20. Not today, Satan

My ex’s name was Simone. She was studying business administration and had a horse.

We broke up after she f**ked another dude.

I got over it, and met another girl. Her name was Simone. She was studying business administration and had a horse.


– somniumx

21. Scent of a woman

She smelled funny. Not bad. It clearly wasn’t a case of not washing or anything like that.

She just smelled… Weird. Couldn’t get over it.

– BeefPicklesCheddar

22. The experiment

I was the one rejected, but the reason I was given was “I’ve been rejected a lot, I want to know what it feels like to reject someone.”

Their best friend told me they were interested in me too

– TheLoneBlaziken

23. Bratty cats

My perpetually single friend has turned rejecting people into a bit of a sport. I’ll Tinder for her, which is all sorts of amusing, but one day, I had actually met someone for lunch and thought “here’s someone that’s kind of her type, I wonder if she’d be interested!”

I ended up pulling up his website and showing her some pictures of the guy. We get to about the sixth photo in, of two of his cats, in a treehouse. She explains “his cats look bratty.”

Yeah, well, that’s why you’re single. Still. Six years later.

– disillusioned

24. Don’t spoil the Endgame

Not dating, but I had a friend with whom I saw all major Marvel films while they were in theaters, all the way to Infinity War.

When I asked if he wanted to go see Endgame, he said he saw it with some other friends and didn’t feel like going again.

This was never a tradition we explicitly made, but I still felt a bit betrayed. A ten year journey and he ditched me at the last mile.

– reorem

25. The wiggle

The tip of her nose would faintly wiggle up and down when she talked.

I could barely pay attention to what she was saying because I was fixated on her wiggling nose.

– Krakenstandoff

26. And I know it’s gonna be a long long time…

We spent our first date browsing various record shops in Manhattan and Greenwich Village. I took him to my favorite ones.

I told him what Elton John album I thought was best. He disagreed and was adamant I was d**d wrong.

He was going to a party at his brother’s after and didn’t believe in subways (as his dad had d**d in 9/11). The party was 100 blocks away in Brooklyn. Decided to walk him to the party despite having mild asthma and severe post nasal drip.

Once there at the door he decided it wouldn’t work out because he couldn’t put our differences aside. His last words were, “Do you really believe Honky Chateau is his best work?” Of course I do. He had this horrified disgusted face on and said, “Yeah, no. That’s just wrong. Not gonna work out since you have poor taste.”

Literally got rejected over Honky Chateau, but it’s okay. My FIL thinks that album is the hottest s**t.

– intothethickofitoh

27. Gotta hand it to ya

I have a friend who is the king of breaking up with women for petty reasons like this.

I think he may have rejected a girl for her teeth size.

He left a perfectly beautiful and sweet woman once because her skin was too pale.

Another time it was a potential mate’s feet that bothered him.

I ran into him at a brewery and he was on a date with a beautiful girl that was dark skinned and dark haired (so the pale issue wouldn’t be a thing) and as I’m standing at their table chatting I notice her hand wraps almost completely around her pint glass. Very large hands for a woman. Wouldn’t be a big deal for me, but I knew she was doomed in regards to a relationship with this guy.

– markitf**kinzero

28. Oh, grow up

I wasn’t with a guy yet, but really liked him.

I was super put off and lost interest when he asked ‘why don’t we just sit on the toilet and let it all out at once instead of wearing pads’ and then REFUSED to listen to my explanation of how periods actually work because it was ‘gross’.

Like, I can forgive ignorance to some extent, but I can’t forgive refusal to learn

– WrackspurtsNargles

29. The faker?

She moaned like I was butchering her with a knife no matter what I did when having s**.

Slow, fast, it sounded super fake and was a huge turnoff. Even tried to go off rhythm to test her… screams all the way.

– proactivepistachio

30. Dude, that’s what a microwave is for

His mum went away for a week and he reheated a lasagne, took a slice out and put it back in the fridge.

He did this every night, reheating the entire lasagne each time.

Surprisingly he didn’t get food poisoning, but I just couldn’t handle that. He was so nice, but just not the smartest guy.

– my_circus

Best of luck out there, lonely hearts!

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