If I text a guy the following, would he have missed the hint or?

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So a guy friend of mine drove me an hour away to a train station. After he dropped me off, I texted him to thank him and offered to pay for the tolls and gas. He said not to worry about it. I insisted again, but I said "If you don't let me pay, I'll have to take you out for lunch" and again he said don't worry about it. My intention with the lunch thing was to make it a potential date lol. The guy doesn't have experience with dating (he's never had a gf). So I don't know if he understood the lunch as being a date and still said no or that he didn't want me to spend my money at all on him because he was going to take care of it.

What do you guys think?
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7 mo
like the whole lunch thing just went over his head lol
If I text a guy the following, would he have missed the hint or?
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