Two newlyweds, a 24-year-old man and his wife of the same age, decided to celebrate a special occasion at an expensive steakhouse. The wife had invited her four close high school friends to join them in the celebration and the man welcomed them, but only until he realized the strings that were attached.
The Unexpected Bill
The group enjoyed a delightful meal, but even so, the hefty bill of $700 came as a shock to the man. He watched in horror as his wife slid the bill over to him and declared, “The man should always pay for the wife and her friends.”
The man was not best pleased with this demand, especially considering the hefty price tag. “I laughed awkwardly, asking why she expected this from me.”
A Gendered Expectation
The wife’s explanation was simple, citing traditional gender roles, and stating that he, as the man, should cover the entire cost. However, the husband disagreed; “I told her that the only other person I would pay for would be her.”
Ridicule From Friends
In response, the wife’s friends burst into laughter, teasing the husband for his reluctance to pay for the whole bill. Their comments implied that he was financially incapable, which greatly embarrassed the husband. Feeling uncomfortable and humiliated, he made a decision.
An Abrupt Departure
The husband stood up and placed $200 on the table, covering his and his wife’s costs. Without uttering another word, he promptly exited the steakhouse.
A Heated Argument
The atmosphere was not pretty back at the couple’s house. “My wife gets home and starts screaming at me, saying that I made her feel embarrassed”, the man recounted. “She told me that she promised her friends that I’d pay and that they made fun of her on the ride home for marrying a man who can’t pay the bill.”
Seeking Solace Elsewhere
The man could not believe what he was hearing. His only reaction was to pack a bag and leave, heading for a friend’s house.
When sharing the evening’s events with his parents and friends, the man was shocked at the reactions he received. Everyone seemed to believe that he should have just paid the bill to avoid the conflict.
Initially, the man felt that this opinion was outrageous, questioning why he should have to pay for four of his wife’s friends who were clearly acting very entitled. However, after hearing so many people defending his wife, the man found himself questioning whether he overreacted. He posted his story online, asking the internet whether he had messed up by not paying.
The Internet’s Verdict
Despite his family and friends siding with his wife, the man found it difficult to find a single person online who wasn’t on his side. “Wow… the audacity to just casually push over a SEVEN HUNDRED dollar bill, and then say “well the man should always pay for his wife and her friends”, one commenter wrote in shock.
An Outrageous Assumption
Whilst some people acknowledged that such gender roles were still common, the fact that the woman hadn’t asked first made everyone’s jaw drop. “Your wife should have talked to you about it before telling her friends you’d pay, not assume”, someone stated.
No Need to Scream
The hate that the man’s wife received was relentless. “Does she always react in such a way?”, another commenter asked. “Why people think it’s okay to scream at their spouse is beyond me.”
Was He a Sugar Daddy?
One person even wrote to the man with the intention of warning him. “It sounds to me like your wife doesn’t want a spouse – she wants a sugar daddy who will treat her and her friends”, they wrote. “When you pushed back, she blew up in an attempt to manipulate the situation in her favor by playing on your emotions.”
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