Splitting the Bill
We’ve all been out to those large group dinners where perhaps you just order a mixed green salad, while Beth orders a salad and an entree and Sam orders the steak. Then Jen orders two bottles of wine ‘for the table’, but Sarah isn’t drinking, and Johnny is drinking beer… Denise orders dessert (with 6 spoons) and well you get the idea… Nothing is wrong on the face of it, to each her own, right? But a problem can arise and people may get uncomfortable when the pesky bill arrives….
So what’s the proper etiquette? Do you all split the bill evenly, assuming that what comes around goes around? Or do you pay according to what you ordered? If someone just puts in for their share without announcing it to the group, are they just trying to be frugal or is that a cheap move? Likewise, is it cheap for the person who ordered the most not to assume that he/she will pay the more? How do you and your friends handle this cheap vs frugal dilemma?| Print