Drinks In The Lobby?


Last week, small business owner and designer, Dana was at a convention in London.  Before going to dinner, she invited a few friends/colleagues (who work for big companies and who were also staying at the same hotel) to meet her in the hotel lounge for a drink before going to dinner. A couple of the ladies ordered cocktails, and the others ended up ordering a pricey bottle of wine.  Before anyone could finish their drinks, their taxi arrived to take them to dinner.  In the rush to get out the door, the entire bill got charged to Dana’s room, and no one even noticed – including Dana.  When Dana checked out the next day, she realized the whole 95 pound tab was charged to her room.

In her mind, how did the small business owner get stuck taking everyone out for drinks?  Did the others think because she had invited them down that she was also treating? Dana is wondering if it’s okay to ask them to chip in after the fact, or should she stay quiet and just chalk it up to the cost of doing business?

What would you do?  Tell us what you think?!



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2 Responses to “Drinks In The Lobby?”

  1. Molly says:

    I would ask for the money, and say something like, “In the rush to get into the taxi, our bar bill wasn’t settled and got put on my room and was quite a bit when all totaled. I’d appreciate it if you’d put in $XX.00 for your drinks”.

    They’re on expense accounts, I’m sure they wouldn’t mind. Why should she be stuck with a $160. bill?

    If they were clients or potential clients, she should suck it up. But it does say they’re friends/colleagues, so they know she’s a small biz owner and they wouldn’t mind.

  2. louie says:

    The timing for this entire affair is too late. Unfortunately she has to suck it up now. In the future, She should tell the waiter/waitress that everyone wants separate tabs when ordering. There’s no shame in this and should be SOP.

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