The Designated Driver only Ordered a Soda and An Appetizer, but Their Friend Wanted to Split the Expensive Bill Evenly, so The Individual Refused

An individual was looking forward to a day of fall festivities on a day out that one of their friends had organized. The friends would be visiting a few breweries and wineries, but unbeknownst to them, one location in particular would appear to be breaking the bank. 

The Designated Driver

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Despite the day’s festivities involving visits to alcohol-serving establishments, the individual would not be drinking that day. They had rented a van to transport everyone around and had volunteered to be the designated driver.

A Stop at the Pub

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The day had been a success so far, and as the evening grew later, the group decided to stop at a pub to unwind before heading home. With about 12 people in the group, the pub seated them at a table, and everyone started ordering food and drinks.

The Unexpected Bill Splitting

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After enjoying an appetizer and soda at the pub, the check arrived. One of the guys at the table kindly offered to pay for the bill, but then asked everyone to send him $45 each. This request left the individual somewhat taken aback.

The Individual’s Perspective

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The individual was puzzled by this request. “Many people had ordered meals, sides, drinks, and shots”, they explained. “I had ordered a diet coke and shared an appetizer with my partner.”

A Simple Ask

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To maintain fairness, the individual asked their friend if it was possible to split the bill depending on what they ordered. There was no denying that $45 was too much for what they had ordered, yet the friend was visibly annoyed at this request.

A Successful Split

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Thankfully, the friend obliged (although not without complaint). They took a photo of the receipt, and sent it to each individual, outlining exactly how much they owed.

An Awkward Tally

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However, it turned out that $45 each was actually a reasonable estimate. Despite the individual’s frugal purchase, their partner had ordered considerably more. Including tax and tip, the couple’s total came close to $90, so it would have been easier to split the bill perfectly and sort the difference amongst themselves.

Views on Splitting the Bill

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The individual shared their views on bill splitting: “I’m fine splitting the bill evenly when everyone orders roughly the same thing. But also if I ever put my card down, I always ASK everyone if they want to split it evenly or not, not just assume.”

The Partner’s Opinion

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The individual’s partner had a different perspective on the situation. They thought that the individual’s approach was overly frugal and that they should have simply split the bill evenly with everyone, regardless of what each person had ordered.

Asking the Internet

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Frustrated by this experience, the individual headed online to ask whether they indeed had been in the wrong to refuse to split the bill perfectly amongst the group. “You did nothing wrong”, stated one reader. “Splitting a check should be decided ahead of time, it’s not that hard to do your math especially if there are big swings between bills.”

Why Split Evenly?

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Many people agreed that the friend’s approach to bill-splitting was unfair, even if it did work out in the end. “In my friend groups, we always just paid for whatever we ordered”, another commenter explained. “Unless it was a special occasion and we were specifically taking someone out, in which case that person didn’t pay and everyone else covered them.”

They Weren’t Cheap

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Most people agreed that there was nothing cheap about wanting to know what you’re paying for. “You aren’t cheap, you aren’t willing to pay more for others who might take advantage of splitting evenly”, someone defended.

Cultural Confusion

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Whilst many Americans empathized with the individual, people of other nationalities were confused. “Weird question: is this an American thing?”, a Canadian asked. “Splitting the bill evenly? I have never encountered this in my 50 years on this planet. The server just asks which people get billed together and then each person/couple/group gets their own bill.”

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