My co-worker and I were talking about the problem of dining out with a group of friends. You know. The check shows up and there is always an issue. The porker that ordered lobster and 5 cocktails suggests that the bill be split evenly -- even though everyone else just ordered a modestly priced meal and a single solitary drink. Then there is the friend that never puts in enough money and everyone else has to overcompensate for her cheap ass. Then there is the friend that ALWAYS sends her food back (I'm talking about YOU, Stacey! Who sends WAFFLES back to the kitchen?!?!?!). Then there is the friend that thinks a 10% tip is more than enough. It's annoying.
My co-worker mentioned that she has one friend in her social circle that is invited when the group goes out to eat. This chick never orders anything. No food. No drink. Just water. She just sits and talks and drinks her water while everybody else enjoys their food. And, obviously, she doesn't pitch in when the bill comes.
I think this is HILARIOUS. Pretty much a social faux pas (or as my dad pronounces it, "fox pox") in my book, but she avoids the bill problems mentioned above.
My sister told me that a former friend of ours was at a group dinner in a restaurant. Instead of ordering food and drink like a normal human being, she announced that she was doing a cleanse, and she pulled out her own sack lunch and ate from it. HELLO TACKY!
Long ago I used to babysit for a family. They had a nice house. He made good money.