Bill splitting, it can be a source of annoyance to me for what otherwise is always an amazing time with friends. This happened to me a month ago.
I go out with ten friends. We have a blast and head into a restaurant to finish the day with an excellent dinner. Me being my conscious self keeps it simple and cheap and steer clear of anything too expensive. Just a few days prior I spend a good amount on delicious but pricey sushi. It’s my way of trying to prevent an even heftier restaurant expense when this month was already pricey (yet again).
I got pretty ticked off when a friend uttered one of the most infuriating sentences at a restaurant table near the end of the dining experience.
Having relinquished any thought of ordering that drooling steak and only pay attention to something delicious yet relatively cheap. I turn down the marbled temptations of a “Dame Blanche” and extra (sort) drinks after having a spicy curry, only to have some cheery-faced friend down the other end of the table shout, “So, shall we keep it simple and simply split the bill?”
Bill splitting: keeping tabs
I tend to keep a bit of a mental tab on how I and my fellow dining compatriots dine. If it’s all well aligned, I’m all for simplicity and splitting the bill.
What grinds my gears though is when it’s stated upfront that we will each pay our part but then at the end throw it out there to split it. If in the end we all ate the same thing, it wouldn’t be so much of an issue to change. What causes me to get annoyed is that some get 3 (expensive) beers and a bottle of wine, a €30 steak, a €10 dessert, and a €4 coffee. As a result, their part is closer to €50. On average, most ate for a total amount that is closer to €40 than my €20.
AITA (am I the asshole)?
In the end, everyone was willing to pay their part (aka going Dutch) and do a bit of extra effort at the end of the night. I realise this makes me seem like that one douche who always wants it his way.
Funny enough though, I never asked that either. I was fine with paying my part and everyone else could split evenly. Of course, the others weren’t up for that; I wonder why.
I’m just done with always having to pay more than what I got because I’m always the only one that doesn’t drink alcohol and keeps his restaurant expenses in check.