A Professional Soccer Player Went for A Meal with His Old Friends, but They Ordered the Most Expensive Items on The Menu and Expected Him to Pay, Was Their Behaviour Red Card Worthy?

A man had achieved his lifelong goal of becoming a professional soccer player for a good European team and was excited to be playing a game against his hometown’s team. He organized to meet up with his old friends after the game, but would soon discover that they now had high expectations of their friend due to his high-paying job. 

His True Friends

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The man couldn’t wait to catch up with his old buddies. “I have been friends with these people since high school and I would say they are the only true friends I have”, he explained. “It’s incredibly difficult meeting people when you are kind of famous and supposedly rich, as most of the people want to use you in some way.”

A Special Restaurant Choice

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The man’s friends had reserved a private area in a restaurant where they would dine. The restaurant was relatively fancy, but nothing too extravagant.

The Pricey Orders

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The man arrived at the restaurant and was thrilled to see his friends. However, as the evening progressed, he was surprised to see his friends ordering dishes from the top end of the menu. It was an unusual choice, and the man couldn’t help but wonder about their intentions. 

Fancy Wine

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The man’s suspicions started to grow when his friends started seriously pushing the boat out. They selected some of the most expensive wines available, with a single bottle costing a hefty €400.

A Sudden Realization

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It finally dawned on the man that his friends expected him to foot the bill for the extravagant meal. He felt conflicted, torn between wanting to make his friends happy and the discomfort of being taken advantage of. 

A Familiar Experience

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The man was particularly upset with what he perceived to be happening because it was something he’d encountered a lot recently due to his fame and fortune. He had counted on his friends being a breath of fresh air from this, but it was clear that they were acting just the same.

Explaining His Discomfort

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The man wrestled with whether to speak up. His mood darkened, and his friends noticed, inquiring about his well-being. “I told them that they had made me feel extremely uncomfortable because I never said I was going to cover everything”, he recounted.

An Uncomfortable Exchange

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One friend voiced their perspective, saying, “You should have told us in advance; we can’t pay €1,000 each for a dinner.” The man responded, “You guys should have told me; I thought we just wanted to spend time together regardless of the cost.”

Mixed Emotions

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The man’s friends then offered to pay, a decision that immediately made him feel guilty. “It broke my heart as I could see that they didn’t want to take advantage of me, but at the same time, they had put me in a difficult situation”, he explained. 

A Costly Farewell

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When the bill arrived, it totaled around €500 per person, a significant expense for his friends. He was proud that he didn’t let himself be taken advantage of, but he also felt bad, knowing that he could have easily paid for the entire meal.

Asking the Internet

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The man posted online, admitting his guilt but also explaining his initial perspective. “Don’t feel bad man – you never offered to pay for their meals”, one reader defended. “They put themselves in this situation, not you.”

He Should Have Paid

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Most readers thought the man’s friends had acted rude, entitled, and greedy. However, a few readers disagreed. “This makes me sad… I don’t like telling people how to spend their money, but you’re likely a millionaire with that career”, one person stated. “Honestly, it would have been nice if you picked up the check.”

Therapy Would Help

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To the man’s surprise, one commenter reached out with some unexpected advice. “I know a rich guy who came from a poor family, and he once explained to me that a therapist really helped him navigate the same kind of situations”, they explained. “Maybe you should do the same because I guess it’s an unfortunate yet inevitable side effect of fame and fortune.”

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