Later that night, I asked my husband how much the meal cost, assuming he’d paid the bill. We were, after all, the de facto hosts, since I had organized the evening, picked the restaurant and was entertaining on my turf.
He looked at me shiftily. “I don’t know,” he said. “They picked up the bill.”
I was taken aback. “We were the hosts,” I said.
“I know, I tried,” my husband said. “But he wouldn’t let me because there were five of them.”
Was this a terrible lapse in manners? I’ve always believed that with out-of-towners, you pay. They’re visiting you, after all. The only exception is when visitors who are staying at your home for multiple nights say they want to treat you as a thank you.
What do you think? In my situation, would you have paid? Do you routinely pick up the check for your out of town guests, or no? And if your guests outnumber you, does that change the equation?
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