Man Buys Woman A Drink, Texts Asking For A Refund Two Weeks Later

More evidence romance is alive and well

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It's a story as old as time. Boy meets girl. Boy buys girls a drink. Girl gives boy phone number. Boy texts girl two weeks later to ask for a refund.

Wait – what?

That's the story behind this week's viral news story, offering an insight into what is - we hope - an unusual example of romance in the digital age.

When a man named Liam asked 18-year-old Abby if she'd like a drink in a Sheffield Bar, she accepted and the pair exchanged numbers.

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When things (presumably) didn't quite work out as he hoped, Abby got a text from Liam a fortnight later asked her to refund the £6.50 he had spent on her vodka and Coke.

But before we rush to condemn the mystery man for what at first sight looks like a staggering act of tight-waddery, Abby made the following point after posting the exchange on Twitter and - predictably - being retweeted more than 10,000 times:

"I paid him back straight away even though I wasn't going to at first as I thought it was so cheeky, but then I thought he might have needed it," the biomedicine student said.

"I remember that he wasn't dressed so well. I always look at people's shoes and I remember they were Primark shoes, so he might have needed it."

Two lessons here, fellas. If you're going to buy someone a drink make sure you can afford it, and never, ever wear crap shoes. Women notice these things.