Here’s the situation:
A friend of mine from grad school meets a guy, he asks for her number. She gives it. He calls and asks her out for drinks. They meet up, each have a couple of drinks, he pays the tab. They meet up again for drinks; she picks up the tab. He calls and asks her out to dinner. He chooses the place, and when the time comes to pay the bill, he reaches for his wallet and she goes for hers. Everyone knows that she merely being polite and is making what is essentially an empty offer. He’s supposed to say, “No, I’ve got it.” and pay the tab. Right?? Everyone except for this guy, apparently. She slowly extracts her wallet from her purse, pulls out a $20, and hands it to him. He takes it and gives her a couple of ones in change.
So, the question is, do you find something inherently wrong with this scenario? I say YES. I’m not saying that the man should always pay- obviously once a couple has been dating for a while they can take turns or whatever. But come on! They don’t really know each other, he invited her, he chose the restaurant, the assumption follows that he will be footing the bill. Also, she’s a grad student (translation: broke) and he has a high-paying job. It just seems so tacky! I can’t get over it. Dude must be a cheapskate at heart.
For the record, it was not me. If it were, I would be telling you about the shitshow of a date I went on instead of asking a survey question.
Bonus question: Does the phrase "Synchronize Swatches" mean anything to you? (No cheating via Google.)