Ghosting. Yes, you may feel slightly guilty about your manners, since you were likely brought up to be polite. But if a person is exceptionally heinous (racist, sexist, angry, intimidating) and there’s no need to extend the excruciating evening, you have our permission to ghost. Excuse yourself to go to the restroom and bail. Drop a $20 at the hostess table on your way out to cover the bill if you must, but take off.

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