Recently, Johnny, one of our most loyal commenters, posted the following in response to our Blog Snog partner’s article “Guys of Reddit share the cheesy pickup lines that actually kind of work“:
The lesson behind those corny pickup lines is that women like an outgoing guy. Itâ€™s not the lines that worked for them. Itâ€™s the fact that they had the balls to express their attraction in a cheesy-but-harmless way.
The only â€ślineâ€ť I ever really used is one of the oldest in the book. When girls walked by as I worked out the gym, Iâ€™d do the old, â€ś98! 99! 100!â€ť
It worked great. Theyâ€™d crack a big grin and roll their eyes and then be receptive to conversation.
Disgusted sneer and walk away = she hates you and your line.
Rolls eyes to the ceiling and smiles = green light!
Which got us thinking: Are there some places that should be pick-up-free zones? The kind of places where you are bound to run into a hook-up again after things might have gone south? Is the gym a place where you just want to escape into your own endorphin-fueled workout without worrying about being hit on? Or, as a public space, is it fair game?