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Imagine the horror - you've sat down for a nice meal for the first time that you've ever met someone, and suddenly you're made to look like some sort of possessive and desperate freak.
We've all got at least one friend who would pull this sort of stunt.
In Stephen Durand's case, that mate is Lee McIver.
Lee called ahead to the Finsbay Flatiron restaurant in Glasgow pretending to be his mate, knowing full well that he was taking someone out for a date that evening.
He explained to the staff that he wanted to pop the question, and asked if it would be possible to get some Prosecco and cheesecake on a plate with the question written on it.
As the cake arrived, Stephen's date said: "This isn't ours, 100 percent it's not ours".
In the end, the prank set Lee back £140, including giving a second friend, Michael Doherty, £100 to eat out at the restaurant so that the incident could be filmed.
The other £40 was for the dessert, booze, and a tip.
I think you'll all agree, that is money well spent.
Lee explained: "We've been laughing about it, about an hour before his date I phoned the restaurant and pretended to be him and said I was going to propose.
"The manager said 'we'll bring out the cake and a bottle of Prosecco and dim the lights'."
"They brought out a candle and the plate and a bottle of prosecco.
"Stephen was just laughing, the girl was a bit embarrassed, she didn't think it was for their table at first.
"I got a friend to go in and film it and paid for his dinner, Stephen doesn't even know hm.
"He was there with a picture of Stephen's face.
"It was £140 for the prank but it was worth it."
Yep, what's £140 when you can absolutely mortify your friend and a helpless woman that he's meeting for the first time ever?
Lee added that the woman was not impressed, but his pal - who lives in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire - had eventually seen the funny side.
Well, at times like this, the only thing that you can do is laugh.
You have to imagine that a second date is now pretty unlikely.
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