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What's Your Worst Bill-Splitting Horror Story?

Let's Dish: What's Your Worst Bill-Splitting Horror Story?

Yesterday the Awl ran a hilarious story that explains how to split a check at a restaurant when dining in a large group. The writer offered two suggestions: if you're under the age of 25, it's OK to split the bill based on exactly what you ordered, but if you're over 25 years old, you should be an adult about it and split it evenly by the number of people dining. No matter what your age, I'm sure you've had a horrible experience when it came time to pay a check at a restaurant. Now's your chance to get it off your chest! What's your worst bill-splitting story?

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lfrx lfrx 5 years
haha... for guys who want to split the bill with a girl they're not too sure about yet....
M-i-c-h-a-e-l-a M-i-c-h-a-e-l-a 6 years
It's very common here to pay for exactly what you ate and drank. Spliting the bill x ways seems ridiculous to me, really. I have a friend (not very close one, you'll see why) who (repeatedly) invited another friend for a cup of coffee or luncg and than said, he didn't have enought cash. So the other friend had to pay for him, never got any of that money back. He also did it at his birthday party, when he invited about 8 people to a fancy restaurant. Really? You have a party in an expensive restaurant and you happen to not have enough cash?
amber512 amber512 6 years
I almost wantsomeone to try and tell me "let's split it X ways" Ummm, NO!
kmckay kmckay 6 years
ugh- just reading your stories make me cringe!!! Just over the weekend we went out with my MIL and other family members. She ordered, soup, wine, a pricey entree (it was lunch too) and then when the bill came she said, "Let's split it 6 ways". REALLY?!? I order a SALAD. (I'm vegan so I hate splitting bills... my "entree" is always like $max). When we're with another couple, we never have this problem. Just the MIL and big groups. and Jaden- paying for other people's kids?!?!? SO wrong!
tigr3bianca tigr3bianca 6 years
I've been blessed with generous and understanding friends who either ask for separate checks or pay for everything. But my mom has many times been in the "let's just split it x amount of ways" situation. Being a teacher, she can't afford much and she never eats more than a main course so she usually has to pay more than her fair share of the check. Once she even paid for half the group during a family gathering due to a misunderstanding. She didn't want to object and create a scene so she paid. If I had been there, I would have sorted it out but she has a problem speaking up especially with family.
Mavs2980 Mavs2980 6 years
I have this one friend who never tips, and if she does it's $1 max. I always end up putting more money in so I can cover the tip for both of us. Last month when she took me out for my birthday, I ended up leaving a ten to cover the tip.
jadenirvana jadenirvana 6 years
Once I went to a birthday dinner with about four kids present. When the check came, we split it evenly-so we had to pay for other people's kids. And we are not talking chicken fingers here. My husband and I ordered very conservatively once we saw how expensive it was, but the little kids ordered all three courses! Unbelievable.
amber512 amber512 6 years
Luckily I have only dined out with people who understood that they were paying for what they ate. I disagree that being older than 25 automatically means one person should pay for it all. I believe it is only fair for me to pay for what I eat, and they can pay for what they do.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
I had a coworker who would always order an app, dessert, beer, and the most expensive entree on the menu, then when the bill came would be like "okay, so everyone owes...." No joke, each time I ended up owing two to three times whatever my entree cost (since I don't eat meat my entree i inevitably the least expensive item).
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
I am completely annoyed by the fact that in the US, it is assumed that you'll pay together. Where I come from, a check is brought for each individual person, unless you specify beforehand that you'll pay for all of it. And even if you don't, you can still pay for all checks, if you choose to. I realize it may take the restaurant 2 minutes more to have everyone pay, but I would welcome it very much anyway.
Vanonymous Vanonymous 6 years
The worst was going out for a friend's bachelorette. We went to this tapas bar and I assumed we were all chipping in to pay for her... but when the check came, everyone (including her sister), threw in for the bare minimum of what they ordered. I was horrified and of course ended up paying twice as much as everyone else. Bon Appetit had a great article about this: If you're an adult (over 25), don't split the check. Just offer to pay the bill. If they are friends worth having, they will do the same the next time.
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