“Do you mind if I run in and buy a sweater that I was looking at last week? “No problem, I’d like to look around too,” she replies. Fortunately, at the Gap, men’s fashions are on the right, women’s fashions are on the left. Our hero grabs the first sweater within reach, and hurries back to the khakis.After selecting a pair that most closely resemble his current outfit, he brings both items to the register.He is lost and stranded somewhere between The usual telling of this dating disaster legend involves a fellow who has a bit of an “accident” so he leaves his date standing outside a store while he dashes in to buy a pair of pants.
His eyes are on his date (still on the other side of the store) to make sure that she doesn’t see him buying the pants. ” (Eyes still trained on his date.) Gap girl: “Oh, OK.” He pays for the pants and walks over to his date, then they leave the store.
He doesn’t even want the sweater, so he says through clenched teeth (just in case his date can read lips from away) “Just the pants.” “What? They board the train just before it leaves the station and find two seats in the middle of the car.
In February 1996, this legend surfaced on Z100, a radio station, during a program called “Love Phones.” The female caller claimed it had happened to her, with the only unusual embellishment being that after sneaking off the train she later called her boyfriend to explain her disappearance, and he refused to believe her.
One suspects the embellishment was added as an excuse to get the tale on the air.
Applying the acid test of logic to the story reveals its fatal flaw. After you’d bought fresh clothing, would you return to your date still in the smelly, soiled outfit and together make your way to the train station?