There's a sleazy guy on the train who is always trying to chat me up, and to change the subject I told him about a charity marathon I'm doing. Then he went and sponsored me £40, which is more than anyone else has! I am now concerned he will try to emotionally blackmail me into going on a date. I really don't want to go but I'm weak and terrible in socially awkward situations. How do I get out of this?
I think you're being a bit pessimistic about his intentions. Just because he's sleazy doesn't preclude him from being charitable — just look at Jimmy Savile. Maybe your train stalker is a fellow marathon devotee, or simply a generous chap.
Even if he does have an ulterior motive, this doesn't mean you have to go on a date with him. It's like me telling Kylie Minogue she has to cuddle me because I bought all her albums (this is just an example - obviously I haven't bought all Kylie's albums, her recent stuff I find impenetrable).
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