This Guy Came Up With An Ingenious Plan To Get A Free Dinner At Outback Steakhouse On Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day means different things to different people. For some, it’s a day to take a moment to appreciate the special ones in your life. For others, it’s an occasion to remember the lives that were lost on that fateful day on the North Side of Chicago in 1929.

For many single people, February 14th is also a day of mourning instead of one of celebration and many of them will opt to spend the holiday in a pit of self-loathing while trying to avoid pictures of happy couples on Instagram.

However, as a man named Stephen Bonser proved last night, you don’t have to have a date on Valentine’s Day to have a little bit of fun.

On Thursday, Bonser asked his Twitter followers what would happen if he got a table for two at an Outback Steakhouse for Valentine’s Day and acted like he got stood up.

While I personally would have conducted this experiment at a Texas Roadhouse, Bonser suited up and headed to his nearest Outback—where there was a 45-minute wait for a table because everyone who knows anything knows Bloomin’ Onions are nature’s aphrodisiac.

From there, the game was afoot.

Bonser—who donated the amount he would have spent on his meal to the ACLU— spoke with the Washington Post after his escapade to provide more insight into the masterful caper:

His sister egged him on, telling him that she would pay for his meal on Thursday if the restaurant didn’t. Three hours later, Bonser was waiting by the host stand at the Outback Steakhouse in Arlington, dressed in a fresh blazer and button-down shirt and carrying a poorly wrapped present.

“I figured that I’m getting a free steak either way,” he told The Washington Post later that night. “It would be fiscally irresponsible not to do it.”

That right there is a man who has his priorities in order.