Got a Crush on a Journalist? Skip the Cheesy Pick-up Lines

by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

I used to think pick-up lines were a thing of the past. Not so. Throughout the past year, I’ve had three guys use the same pick-up line on me. I’m beginning to think there are profession-specific pick-up lines. If you’re an auditor, maybe the line would be, “Hey, can I call you if I need help with my taxes?” If you’re a travel agent, it could be: “You’re in the travel business? Can you help me book a flight for two?” Or, if you work at a bakery maybe it’s: “This is one heck of a pastry. I have to say, you’re one of the sweetest girls I’ve met.”

The journalism pick-up line/conversation goes something like this:

Guy with bad pick-up line: “Hey, how’s it going?

Me: Hi, good thanks, you?

Guy: Pretty good. Just hanging out. So, um, what do you do?

Me: I’m a reporter.

Guy: Oh, you are?! Nice! What do you write about?

Me: Right now, I’m writing for a Web site and for my local paper.

Guy: Well, that means I can look up your articles online, then, right?

Me: Yup, you can.

Guy: Well, I’ll need your name to do that! (he says, opening up his phone).

Me: It’s Mallary.

Guy: Oh, well I’ll read your articles and then call you or text you to let you know what I think! What’s your number? (trying to be slick, forgetting that he’ll probably need my last name, too, to find my articles.)

I’m left trying to decide if I should give him my number.

And I’m left wondering: Do cheesy pick-up lines every really work?