If you live in New York, are a woman and ride the subway, chances are you’ve met Brian Robinson. The “Railway Romeo” says he’s dated over 500 women he’s met on the metro and, for your reading pleasure (or horror), has written a book all about how he did it and how other dudes can do it too.
Five hundred women sounds a bit excessive but to give the guy some credit, he says his primary tactic is not to be aggressive or threatening, and the ladies by and large seemed to think he was pretty smooth.
Brian told the NY Post his secret. “I would always say, ‘Is this local or express?’ and then say, ‘I hear an accent: Where are you from?’ It’s an awesome door-opener — 97 percent of all NYC women are from someplace else,” he said. “Then, no matter what place she says, say, ‘Wow, I’ve always wanted to visit your country/city, etc. .?.?. do you have email?'”
He says it’s important to make the convo quick and to express interest in who she is and what she does (and not on how hot she is). He closes by using the subway to his advantage, telling the woman, “I have to get off at the next stop and would love to continue this conversation. Can I get your email address?”
And apparently it works. The Post reports that he got the digits of four out of the five women he approached and that no one told him off.
“He was very engaging,” one woman told the Post, rating Robinson’s technique a seven out of 10. “He was persistent.” Then she added that it doesn’t hurt to “just jump up and talk [to a woman] — at the most you’ll get a bitch face.”
He also says he keeps a full MetroCard on him at all times to help out a damsel in turnstile distress.
If meetcutes are your thing, then this could be the start of your own personal rom-com. Unfortunately, you may never get past the first scene. Apparently for Brian it’s the game that he enjoys, not so much the women, as evidenced by the fact that he’s done this same shtick so many times. (500? Seriously? Dear Brian, you’re 48. If you started dating the day you were born you’d still have to go out with a new woman every three days.)
Honestly who wants to be date #501? (Probably date #550 by now. He needs a billboard ticker like that “XX billion hamburgers served” one that McDonald’s used to have.) While I give him props for being non-threatening and nice, it still seems frustratingly insincere. He isn’t a new progressive type of man and he isn’t coaching men on how to approach women — he’s coaching men on how to feign sincerity and interest in order to get what they want. You may be a different type of notch on his belt but you’re still just a number.