Woman Shares Invoice for Dates Who 'Waste Her Time': 'Incredible'

A woman's spreadsheet featuring a "time waster invoice" for the men she's dated is delighting the internet, and numerous people think it's a brilliant idea.

The now-viral TikTok, captioned, "Honestly, I love making spreadsheets hehe xx #fyp," has been viewed over 750,000 times with 145,800 likes since it was shared on April 7. TikToker @hattie.rowe, who sports over 100,000 followers, shared the clip that's getting a lot of attention online.

According to Statista, there were 44.2 million people utilizing online dating services in the United States in 2020. That number is expected to increase to 53.3 million people by 2025.

The clip started with the TikToker facing the camera with her hair in a bun. "Today I was thinking about all the men who have wasted my time over the years, and how I should start invoicing them," the woman explained. "And I've had a gin. What do gorgeous girls do when they've had a gin? We make [a] spreadsheet."

She goes further into detail: "I've devised a very simple yet effective model that we can use to invoice people who have f**ked us over. You know, just to try and recoup some of the time, dignity, energy that you may have lost."

The woman revealed her spreadsheet, presumably in Excel, titled, "Time Waster Invoice," which she added isn't "applicable" for the first 28 days of communication, and it's noted right at the very top by the title.

Below the title there was a breakdown of charges that are further comprised of the total time wasted and standard charges. The TikToker filled in the form with a mock person's information down to the last detail.

She began with the row titled, "First communication date," and this is when the hypothetical couple started to get involved.

"We'll keep it simple," the TikToker said, changing the date to the first of the year. Next, it was time to fill out the space for when communication stopped, which then can be used to total up the number of days wasted during the period.

She added that for the mock invoice communication had ceased on April 7, and that brought the total number of days wasted to 96.

Next were the standard charges, and the creator advised, "Dealing with men is a full-time job, so I'm setting the personal daily rate. We'll be generous, I'll say 20 quid." Quid is a slang term for the British pound.

Once that spot was filled in, it was time to look at other expenses, which included gas, court fees, therapy fees, and the like. The creator chose to mark that box down for 200 pounds.

In the upper right-hand side was another box with a few more tidbits of information. One row was called the "Frontal Lobe Tax," which the TikToker explained further, "Apparently the frontal lobe in the brain is fully developed by the age of 25, so [in] my opinion, anyone over the age of 25 has no reason to act like a f**king child."

The creator added a tax for the frontal lobe of 10 percent to the mock invoice. But below that there was a discount available for men with names starting with a "J," called the "J Name Discount."

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A woman shared an invoice sheet for dates who "waste her time." Here, a woman smiles as she uses a laptop computer while seated. M-IMAGEPHOTOGRAPHY/GETTY

"If a name begins with a 'J,' in my opinion, that's on you that you got involved with them. I don't think that's their fault," they continued. "So, we'll give them a discount, we'll say 5 percent," and she added that into the spreadsheet as well.

Cheating charges were also included, which the TikToker revealed is a "straight-up fine" if the man cheated. The woman marked that down as 500 quid on the invoice highlighted.

Next, there's a separate box for more information, including the age of the man, which the creator made up as 26. The next row asked if the name starts with a "J," which the woman said it did, calling him "Jeremy." The final question asked if the man cheated. "Yes he did," she said, filling in the final box.

With all the important figures calculated, the hypothetical man named "Jeremy" owed the TikToker 3,026.10 pounds after charges, including tax with a discount factored in as well.

"So yes, to any man who's planning on wasting this beautiful creature's time, this is what you'll be getting. I'll see you in court," the woman showed the spreadsheet once more before the video cut off.

In comments, the creator revealed there were many comments telling her to sell the spreadsheet, which is now available on Etsy for $1.95. The proceeds will also go to a mental health charity.

In a follow-up video, the TikToker took a personal request to figure out charges using the invoice for a person with specific parameters, and the total owed was 32,846 pounds.

Over 3,100 comments poured in over the viral spreadsheet idea, and people can't get enough. "You are doing the Lord's work!" a TikToker wrote.

For another TikToker, things changed once they saw the video. "I had plans today, but now I gotta make a freaking spreadsheet," they said.

Others were impressed with the TikToker's abilities with spreadsheets. "Please teach an Excel course and make building things like this the assignment," a viewer said. "I need to learn Excel."

One viewer didn't mince words, calling it the "best idea of the 21 century." They also added, "I would recommend starting [to work] on a business model."

Another TikToker seemed to be on board as well, calling the spreadsheet "absolutely fantastic." They also insisted, "This is the best thing I've seen on the Internet today. Full marks. A+++ 10/10."

Other comments of approval included things like, "Time well spent babe, time well spent," "This is incredible," and "How do I get a copy of this?"

Newsweek reached out to TikToker @hattie.rowe for comment.

This isn't the only viral moment lately. A man scheduled out his dates with his girlfriend in Google Calendar in a viral TikTok video. A woman revealed she uses spreadsheets and runs the household "like a business." In addition, a Gen Z company's work calendar went viral online.