Internet commentators were sent into a frenzy after a man recounted how a night out with colleagues left a woman in shock over rent money.
In a viral Reddit post posted to r/MaliciousCompliance, Redditor u/babybopp (otherwise known as the original poster, or OP) said that the band had agreed to split the cost of dinner and drinks equally, until a colleague becomes furious, demanding that everyone pay for the items they ordered and nothing more.
Titled “Refusing to split the bill evenly…okay…”, the since-deleted post received more than 14,000 upvotes and 1,500 comments in the past nine hours.
“About 8 of us…ordered drinks and food,” OP began. “The bosses were in town and the bonuses [are] at the street corner.”
Continuing to explain that the entire diner ended up drunk, the original poster stated that when the final bill arrived, the majority of their colleagues agreed to pay the same amount of money across the board.
But a colleague, called “Shelly”, had other ideas.
“We are all in agreement to split the bill evenly,” OP wrote. “Drunk Shelly absolutely refuses.
“She says everyone pays for what they ordered. Although she tried to tell him to relax and split evenly, she refuses,” OP continued. “So we say okay…[and] everyone gets their bill and pays.
“Turns out Shelly is a glutton and had ordered premium whiskey and her bill was 6 times the next person’s bill,” OP added. “We left Shelly complaining about how the bill ate up her rent money. Lol.”
Having dinner and drinks with a group of friends or colleagues can be a wonderful experience and the perfect opportunity to let off steam outside of the office.
It can also be extremely stressful, especially with money.
While many seasoned groups have developed systems for determining who will pay the bill at the end of a meal, modern trends have moved away from payment by rotation.
Three years ago, a survey by Intuit Mint found that nearly half of millennials asked for separate checks when dining or drinking with friends.
The same survey also found that two-thirds of diners have little interest in splitting the final bill equally, opting instead to pay exactly for their own food, drinks and nothing more.
However, where millennials are more likely to ask for separate checks, younger groups are turning to online platforms like Venmo and CashApp to cope after the meal is over, rather than haggling over bill splits and percentages. gratuity at the dinner table, according to The New York Times.
Throughout the comments section of the viral Reddit post, many Redditors offered their idea of the ideal dinner spread and called out the original poster’s “greedy” co-worker for inadvertently sticking herself with a bill much larger than the rest of his contemporaries.
“So I agree that you shouldn’t divide yourselves equally,” Redditor u/instinctz4 wrote in the main comment to the post. “Precisely because of people like Shelly.”
“I usually want to split the bill, even if I ordered more than the average person,” echoed Redditor u/Rolling_on_the_river. “Why should someone else pay for my bullshit?”
Redditor u/FrankieMint, whose comment sparked a series of similar replies, detailed his experience with a colleague who always tried to pay as little as possible no matter what he ordered.
“I had a colleague who systematically asked me before ordering: ‘Are we sharing, or are we each going to pay for our orders?'”, they wrote. “If we said even, he ordered the most expensive items, and if we said pay for what you ordered, he got the cheapest. Every time.”
Newsweek contacted u/babybopp for comment.
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