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London man takes date’s phone because she wouldn’t split the bill

"This case is about a first date that goes very badly wrong," a prosecutor told a British court this week.

Dating in the modern world can be fuzzy business. If the rules were ever clear, like who's expected to pay for what, they no longer are.

Kishore Nimmala, 32, was out on a first date with Fakhara Sultana, who he met through an online dating site, the Telegraph newspaper reports.

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The two went out for drinks. Then the bill came for £54, about $90.

Nimmala thought they should split it evenly, but Sultana said she didn't have any money – she thought it was the man's responsibility to pick up the tab on a date, she said.

"At this point he became angry and the evening together came to an abrupt close. She announced she was going home," the prosecutor explained.

"They left together and she walked toward Charing Cross. During the walk the defendant kept saying to her that he wanted £25 – her share of what he spent on the evening. She kept saying she didn't have any money."

Things got even classier from there.

"At that point she realized the defendant was becoming angry. She got her mobile phone out and started to try and use it. At that point, the defendant grabbed her mobile phone from her hand and ran off down the street with it," the prosecutor said.

A couple of police officers who just happened to be in the area chased him down and retrieved the phone.

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"When asked why he ran away, the defendant said, "She took my money,' adding, 'I took her phone,' " the prosecutor said.

The date happened on Feb. 15.

Nimmala said he took the phone to force his date to pay for her share, not to keep it forever.

The trial is ongoing. And chivalry just isn't what it used to be.

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