Group dining situations can introduce uncomfortable money moments from time to time, but I can't imagine being put on the spot for a $500 dinner bill like Tonya Bowman. She told her story to LifeWire, and it doesn't have a happy ending.
Tonya was invited to help celebrate her new acquaintance's birthday by attending a group sushi dinner. She only ordered rice, miso soup, and tea, and when the bill came the birthday girl toasted the seven guests saying, "Thank you all so much for my lovely birthday dinner. I really do appreciate it. You guys are great. Here's to you!" The bill's total was $3,450, which comes out to $500 per person when split evenly.
Instead of saying that she didn't feel obligated to pay as much because she only ordered a minimal amount of food, Tonya put $50 on the table and left the restaurant. The acquaintance sent Tonya an email asking that she repay the $450 that she had to put toward her birthday dinner because she had wanted to use that money for a spa day. Tonya never sent her a cent, and they are no longer acquaintances. How would you handle a situation like this?