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to want another family to pay their fair share when we all eat out together?

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Saddlesore · 12/04/2011 10:35

We have one child (aged 12)and some of our friends have three children, all of similar age. We often eat out together and have also been on holidays with them. But I'm becoming increasingly worked up about what happens when the restaurant bill comes - in the past when the children were tiny we would just split the bill 50:50 but now that the children are eating adult portions (which can end up costing £30-50 a head), I think this arrangement is really unfair to us and am becoming resentful that the other family never suggest paying more. I don't want to come over as cheap and petty though and we do otherwise get on really well and enjoy each other's company. Am I being unreasonable to want the other family to pay their proportion - and how do I do it?

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Eglu · 12/04/2011 10:37

YANBU at all. Now the children are older you should be paying for the number of people in your party, that is only fair.


GypsyMoth · 12/04/2011 10:37



shesparkles · 12/04/2011 10:39

YA definitely NBU!Divide the bill by however many people ate, and you pay 3x that and they pay eg 5x, we've done this with friends for years.
Just make sure you get the bill and you do the arithmetic!


Sparkletastic · 12/04/2011 10:39

YANBU - make sure either you or your DH take the bill when it comes and divide it per head then multiple by numbers in your family. They are being thoughtless at best - tight at worst.


dearyme · 12/04/2011 10:40

ask for separate bills at the beginning


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