Lauren chronicles her dating misadventures on her Tumblr page "No Bad Dates, Just Good Stories," which is exactly where this story ending up post-date. Lauren decided to meet up with a Tinder user at a nearby coffee shop, and things got weird almost immediately. The unnamed date invited her to his home for dinner within minutes of meeting her, and didn't seem to get the hint when she said she wasn't comfortable with the idea. He then left their date early to go wait for a delivery at his house, only to text her later asking for a second date. When she declined due to "lack of chemistry," things got seriously weird. Upon hearing that Lauren (shockingly!) wasn't interested in pursuing a romantic relationship, the guy decided to drop his pursuit of Lauren and go after her money instead. Apparently spending $5 on coffee is only worth it to the guy if he gets something out of it: Lauren declined the request - even though he was kind enough to provide her with his bank account information for the money! - but did cheekily offer to send the same amount of cash to the charity of his choice.
I wish I could say that this is the first time I've ever heard of someone demanding money back after a date didn't go as planned, but sadly, similar situations have happened to a few women that I know. (A guy my friend turned down after the first date asked for money for her dinner and the number of her "cute" friend. You can't make this stuff up.) Any guy worth spending time with knows that dates aren't transactions: you don't get your "money back" if your date doesn't provide you with a relationship, sex, or even a second date. That's a gross, sexist notion that objectifies women and makes the world a little less safe for them to exist in.
Here's hoping that Lauren has a string of better dates in her future, and that not every guy she meets on Tinder is a certified creep.