Online commentators erupted into a frenzy after a man recounted how a night out with co-workers left a woman reeling for rent money.
Viral reddit In the post posted on r/MaliciousCompliance, Redditor u/babybopp (otherwise referred to as the original poster, or OP) said the group agreed to split the cost of dinner and drinks evenly, until one coworker became angry and demanded that everyone pay for the items they ordered and nothing more. So.
Titled “Refuse to split the bill evenly…well…” the since-removed post has received more than 14,000 upvotes and 1,500 comments in the past nine hours.
The OP started “about 8 of us…ordering drinks and food”. “The chiefs were in town and the rewards [are] around the corner.”
Continuing to explain that the entire dinner party ended drunk, the original poster said that when the final bill arrived, the majority of their co-workers agreed to pay the same amount of money on the plate.
But a co-worker, Shelley, had other ideas.
“We all agree to split the bill equally,” O.B. wrote. Drunk Chilly flatly refuses.
“She says everyone pays for what they asked for. Despite trying to tell her to cool and split evenly, she refuses,” the OP continued. “So we say well…[and] Everyone gets their own bill and pays it.
“Shelly turned out to be greedy and was ordering whiskey on the top shelf and her bill was 6 times the next person’s bill,” the OP added. “We left Shelley grumbling about how the bill ate her rent. Lol.”
Having dinner and drinks with a group of friends or co-workers can be a great experience and the perfect chance to get away from work outside the office.
It can also be very stressful, especially because of the money.
While many veteran groups have developed systems for determining who will pay the bill at the end of a meal, recent trends have stay away from Payment is on a rotational basis.
Three years ago, a survey by Intuit Mint showed that nearly half of millennials ask for separate checks when eating or drinking with friends.
The same survey also revealed that two-thirds of restaurant goers have done so little attention In splitting the final bill evenly, choosing instead to pay for their exact food and drinks and nothing more.
Where millennials are more likely to ask for separate checks, however, younger groups are leaning towards online platforms like Venmo and CashApp. After the mealrather than haggling over splits of bills and tip percentages at the dinner table, according to New York times.
During the comments section of the viral Reddit post, several Redditors presented their idea of the perfect dinner split and called out the “greedy” co-worker of the original poster because she inadvertently stuck herself to a much larger bill than the rest of her contemporaries.
Redditor u/instinctz4 wrote at the top of the post’s comment: “So I actually agree it shouldn’t be split evenly.” “Precisely because of people like Shelly.”
“I usually like to split the bill, even if I order more than the average person,” Redditor u/Rolling_on_the_river echoed. “Why should someone else pay for my **?”
Redditor u/FrankieMint, whose comment sparked a string of similar responses, detailed his experience with a co-worker who always tried to pay as little as possible, no matter what he asked.
They wrote, “I had a co-worker constantly ask before ordering, ‘Do we divide evenly, or will each of us pay for our orders?’” “If we say even, he asked for the most expensive items, and if we say pay for what I ordered, he gets the cheapest. Every time.”
NEWSWEEK I reached out to u/babybopp for comment.