We all want those moments we see in rom-coms for when we meet our significant others.

We bump into each other at an ice cream shop and go on a wagon ride in Central Park. Or else we meet in the elevator in the building in which we both work.

But sometimes you meet the right people in the weirdest situations. And that makes the difference.


u/VarmVaffel asked:

Redditors who do NOT have a romantic "how we first met" story with your significant other, how did you meet?

Here were some of those answers.


Girl, Interrupted

Working at a residential treatment center for emotionally disturbed adolescents.

There was a riot on campus. It took two shifts of staff to get the kids quieted down and back in bed. We were supposed to get off work at 11pm but were there until 1am.

Guy I was working with was friends with my roommate. So after we got off, I said "I'm going home to get drunk. Want to come?".

That was 42 years ago. We've been married for 37 years and have two adult children.

awhq

Drinks And Food

He was drunk. An acquaintance and I went to pick him and another friend up to go out to a club. We've been together almost 15 and 1/2 years married 13.

Even his proposal was not very romantic. We were in our backyard getting ready to barbecue and he asked me if I would marry him. First thing out of my mouth was "are you sure?"

It totally works for us though.

firefairyqueen

A 70s Life

Not me but an old friend. Back in the 70s, my friend Shirley was at a bar late one night making a phone call in the back room on a pay phone, and some drunk jerk came stumbling in and took the phone from her, hung it up, then proceeded to make a call to someone else. She stood back and SMACKED him in the face. He fell flat on the floor and busted out laughing. That's how they met, a short bar fight I suppose lol. I always loved hearing that story when I drank with them. She passed away a few years back and was a very sweet woman.

Pinkle_Sprinkle

Meetup Pre Meetup

Craigslist.

I was new in town, didn't know many people. I put an ad up looking for someone to go explore and do weird stuff - like put googly eyes on things.

She answered, we emailed back and forth a few times. Met. Hung out. It was really relaxed. Then about 3 weeks later we realized it was more than that.

CrazyCatLadyBoy

Vomit Choosing

I was the DD for the night at the local club. It was getting late and everyone wanted to party more, I was getting hungry. Outside the club this guy always had his hot dog cart set up so I went outside to get a couple. The club didn't allow outside food or drink so I just sat on the curb. She came out drunk as a skunk with her friends, took a few steps then puked on me, my hot dogs got ruined too :( Her friends really weren't in any condition to drive either so I called an uber and asked him to let me know they got home safe. She called the next day incredibly apologic and asked to make it up to me. She showed up to the restaurant with a new shirt and a pack of franks, laughed hysterically, got talking and here we are. I always say she had a very unique method of picking me.

demonardvark

The Universe Be Damned

Met my husband on Plenty of Fish. I had an account my friend and I used to troll people when we were bored (used my own picture) and he seemed decent so I told him what was up with my account. He thought it was funny and asked me on a date. Day we scheduled to meet up my appendix exploded and was in the ICU for two weeks. Okay, rescheduled once I got home. His GPS directed him to my house by driving through a river (we lived in Florida at the time so mud, crackheads and alligators were a concern) police had to come save him and escorted him to my house. We still laugh about it.

CaekNomnom

D&D Times

We both joined a group to play D&D together. He was a halfling rogue, I was a human barbarian. In the first session he climbed on my shoulders to spear some foe in the throat and then on my next turn I attempted to assist him up onto the roof of the small hut next to us. I rolled a natural 1 and basically punted him into a wall for some ridiculous amount of damage. Oops.

We've been married for 5 years and have 2 kids (well, almost, I'm very pregnant right now).

qwertykitty

High School ????Hearts

I don't remember meeting my husband. I was a freshman in high school and it was during band camp. I got a text from him one night and pretended to know who he was because I was too embarrassed that I didn't know everyone's names yet.

chocolate_turtles

A Garbage Time

Not me but one of my friends told me about how their parents knew a couple who found each other around the bin truck

So basically one day a guy went to take back his metal can from the street but there was a big problem. The garbage worker had accidentally made a tear in the bin bag and ripped it open, spreading shits everywhere on the pavement. So next week the upset man waited for the same workers to show up to get some explanations.

Turns out that garbage worker was in fact a woman of the same age (which was really rare in those times, 70s-80s). Charmed by her uniqueness, the dude decided to share numbers. They dated and we all know the rest

Not the nicest way to meet someone if you ask me hahah but quite a nice story

Pepelucifer

Sksksksksksksk

I was eating tacos in a mall food court. He walked by me and I thought he was cute but then I started choking on my taco and he looked at me weird and walked away. My friend with me went and got his number for me. 7 years ago. He told me he thought I was laughing at him. Thanks Taco Bell 😂

Milky02

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