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Every Dinner Out Was a Delightful Experience, Until One Upscale Meal Tore Their Relationship Apart.

In a longstanding tradition, the Original Poster (OP) and her best friend, Vanessa, always split dining checks evenly. But after Vanessa lands a major promotion and they celebrate at an upscale restaurant, OP’s decision to change their payment routine leads to an explosive fallout, driving a wedge between the once-inseparable duo.

Time-Honored Traditions

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OP and her best friend, Vanessa, have been friends for fifteen years. They are into heavy lifting, running, and overall working out. Another one of their favorite shared activities is going to fine dining restaurants together, where they always split the check equally.

The Light Eater

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Vanessa initiated this tradition. OP, being a light eater, typically preferred a dinner salad to a four-course meal, yet often found herself paying for more than she consumed. Out of camaraderie and simplicity, she always complied with splitting the bill equally.

A Star on the Rise

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Vanessa receives a grand promotion at work and now earns a six-figure salary. She desires to commemorate the occasion at a trending upscale restaurant. OP, wanting to celebrate her friend’s achievements, readily agrees.

Sisterly Insights

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Bianca, OP’s older sister, comments on the unfairness of their check-splitting arrangement a few weeks earlier. Noticing her younger sister’s consistent overpayment when her meal only accounts for roughly 25% of the bill, she encourages a reconsideration of the agreement.

Trouble on the Horizon

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The seeds of doubt and a desire for change are planted in OP’s mind. A clash of expectations looms as the pair head off to the exceedingly expensive upscale restaurant in the heart of the city. Dressed to the nines and ready to celebrate, the pair arrive at the restaurant.

The Surprise Declaration

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Before ordering at the restaurant, OP informs Vanessa of her intention to only pay for what she orders. Vanessa seemingly agrees, yet her casual response suggests she doesn’t grasp the weight of OP’s words.

The Staggering Bill

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Once the meal concludes, a hefty bill of $560 lands on the table. OP covers her portion, totaling $145. Vanessa, taken aback, realizes the gravity of the prior conversation.

A Misunderstanding Unveiled

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Confronted with the surprising turn of events, Vanessa admits she believed OP was jesting about changing their payment tradition. Years of shared practices left her unable to foresee this turn of events.

Rising Frustrations

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OP stands her ground, explaining the financial strain of consistently overpaying. Feeling cheated and resentful, she discloses her fatigue over the arrangement. Their history of shared expenses hangs in the balance.

The Promotion Day Debacle

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Feeling cornered and affronted on her celebratory day, Vanessa lashes out at her friend. She labels OP’s actions as ill-timed and inconsiderate. Accusations fly, leading to a dramatic restaurant exit.

Abandoned and Uber-ed

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Vanessa’s abrupt departure leaves OP stranded without transportation at the restaurant, forcing her to hail an Uber. The fare adds insult to injury and the unfortunate rift between the two deepens.

Morning Aftermath

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OP’s phone overflows with messages the next morning from their circle of friends whom they are very close with. Many of their mutual friends side with Vanessa, who was the first to share her side of the story with them.

The Group’s Verdict

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The friends label OP as miserly and inconsiderate for her actions on such a pivotal day. The fallout is swift and overwhelming, painting OP as the villain in this scenario. The negative feedback from her friends hurts.

Financial Dilemmas

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For OP, overpaying isn’t merely an inconvenience; it strains her finances. While a minor surplus could be overlooked, anything beyond $50 directly affects her ability to manage essential expenses.

A Friendship on Edge

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The evening’s events strain a friendship spanning decades. Both parties feel wronged, with neither ready to bridge the gap. OP contemplates discussing the matter with a neutral party; someone removed from the situation could offer insights and perhaps mediate a resolution.

Was The Woman’s Behavior Appropriate?

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OP posts her story online for feedback and perspective from the internet community. The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter.

Forum Responds

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One reader said, “That’s pretty bad. You are not obligated to support your friend financially. I think splitting a check 50/50 when you are not eating equal amounts is weird, and I would suggest you stop doing that in the future.”

Another Commenter Thinks

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Another responder wrote, “I am curious why so many friends and relatives have chimed in with a judgment. When I am annoyed with someone, my first move is not to call everyone I know to give them my take. Why are there so many oversharers?”

A Third View on The Story

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A different person stated, “I am very curious how two people eating dinner cost $560! That is 10x the cost of most dinners for two in my area.”

A Final Perspective on the Matter

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Another reader commented, “Are you usually a pushover? Perhaps there is a pattern, and that’s why she was surprised. It’s not an excuse, just an explanation. Ultimately, it isn’t your responsibility to subsidize her food budget.”

What Do You Think?

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What are your thoughts on their actions?

What would you have done in this situation?

This story is inspired by a thread from an online forum.

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