I've heard some pretty bad horror stories of people ending bad first dates and, while inventive, not something I would likely model. One guy told me that when his date walked into the bar looking nothing like her online profile picture and she approached him, he denied that he was her date! Poor woman was left totally dumbfounded!
Another woman I know excused herself to the ladies room where she called her sister who happened to live in an apartment above the restaurant. She told her sister to come down post haste and then went back to the table. When she saw her sister enter the bar area, she said to her date, "Hey! There's my sister! What's she doing here?" And proceeded to invite her to sit down and eat with them. Ha...three's a crowd I guess!
I can't wait to hear some of the ingenious excuses everyone shares (i.e., fake stories that involve emergency situations, sudden bouts of feigned sickness, etc.) Or perhaps you've been on the other side of this equation. What did your date say or do to prematurely call it a night? If nothing else, you'll get a good chuckle and know you aren't the only person out there whose experienced horrific first date nightmares!