Social Dilemma - Do You Split a Dinner Check Evenly or Get Separate Checks?

I got an email from Janice the other day that reminded me of something that happens to me, so I thought it would be a perfect social dilemma.  Here's what Janice wrote to me.  Hi Jaime, welcome back from the cruise, hope you had a wonderful time, but we're glad you're back.  I have a social dilemma I would love for you to talk about.  It's pretty simple.  When I go out to dinner with friends, I like to just split the check evenly when it comes time to pay.   I feel like taking the time to nitpick down to the penny how much each person owes just doesn't feel right to me.  I have a friend who always wants to make sure they only pay exactly what they owe, but they never leave enough money for the tip, and that makes me crazy.   If we just split everything evenly, it would all work out.  I also have some friends that like to get separate checks, but as someone who used to work in a restaurant, I know that waiters and waitresses hate that because they get less of a tip.  So I thought I would ask you.  What do you do when you go out with friends for dinner?  How do you handle it?  Am I crazy to just want to split it evenly?   Thanks Jaime, I'll be listening.  ~ Janice

Well, I'll say this.  I like to just split the check evenly when I go out to dinner with friends, but I have friends that feel differently about that.  I also have friends that drink, and I don't, so they always feel badly when I say let's just split it knowing they've spent more money on drinks. I think it all comes out in the wash eventually.  So for me, I would just split the check.   I'm with Janice.   What about you?  How do you handle it when you go out to dinner with friends?  Split evenly, figuring out exactly how much you owe, or separate checks?  Let me know on the 98-3 TRY Facebook page!  


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