Tuesday Newsday – When to Split the Check

December 14th, 2010

Easy Peasy’s been taking a few days off, what with all the parties and dinners out with friends. Which is exactly the topic I want to talk about today.

There was this girl I used to hang out with. We’ll call her…cheap bitch. OK, we’ll call her Girl A. Girl A would go out to dinner with Girl B, C and me. Every GNO, she would order two or three speciality cocktails (cha-ching x two or three), an app, a salad, an entree (usually the lobster special – cha-ching ching) and a dessert with coffee. The bill would come and she would ask to split the check.

Excuse me? I ordered one glass of wine, a soup and a chicken dish, and you want me to subsidize your food fest? Not. Going. To. Happen.

Here’s an interesting article about when (or if) you should split the check. Not sure I agree with some things in it (you can probably guess which). Tell me what you think…

When Ellen Berlin used to dine out with friends — at Stella in the South End, or West in West Roxbury — the routine was always the same: The check arrived and the pals tossed in their credit cards. No one examined the bill. No one questioned whether they should divide it evenly. No one secretly seethed at the person who ordered the high-end wine to everyone else’s house white, or cappuccino when others settled for coffee. Now? “The first thing that happens is we all go for our glasses,’’ says Berlin, a publicist, of Dedham. “The nonchalance is gone. It becomes the dreaded moment.’’ Read more…

What are your thoughts about splitting the check—yes or no? Let me know in a comment.

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One Response to “Tuesday Newsday – When to Split the Check”

  1. Whitney says:

    I agree with you. Splitting the check is a must when there are extras like cocktails and non-shared desserts. I usually don’t care about appetizers, because who doesn’t dig into the appetizer at least a little? I happen to have a bunch of cheap friends, too, though, so this has never really been an issue. We don’t go down to the penny, but we do try to keep it fair.

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