Post # 1
I threw a bachelorette party this past weekend for a friend, the night started with dinner – where each guest was buying their own meal and drinks (as stated in the invitations). At the end of dinner, as everyone was leaving, the waiter came up to me to let me know that 2 people had walked out on their check, and I needed to pay the $80 remaining bill. I handed over my credit card, steaming mad!
The invitation stated "Please be sure to bring cash or a card to pay for your dinner as Olive Garden does not accept checks." Perhaps this wasn’t as clear as I thought – I was trying to be tactful. BUT the waiter handed everyone their own check, and everyone was paying so it was pretty obvious the night of, if the invitation wasn’t.
Anyone else have problems with this? I am just so angry!
Post # 3
Wow. is there any way you can find out who bailed? I’d let them know kindly you fronted the $ and that you’d ask that they pay you back in a timely manner. That is JUST WRONG!
Post # 4
Seriously.. if you can figure out who it was, I would DEFINITELY say something. $80 is a lot!!! I would be polite about it at first because it could have been an honest mistake, but definitely let them know you are out $80 and you hope they can reimburse you! I think your message was as clear and as tactful as it could have been when informing people they will be paying their own ways.
Post # 5
Wow, that’s awful!! I agree, is there any way you can find out who the girls are that didn’t pay? It’s weird that if the waiter handed everyone their own checks, that they would just put them down and not realize. At a bachelorette party, you’re supposed to pay AT LEAST your way, and probably also the bachelorette’s stuff too. It’s shocking that they just walked away and thought everything was cool. You have every right to be pissed!!
Post # 6
honestly, sounds like the olive garden guy ripped you off… i can’t imagine any of YOUR friends doing that… and plus it’s not that easy to pretend to put cash or cc into the little slot (and if they all got their own bill, then the waiter should have known who it was).
Post # 7
This has happened to me quite a few times with certian "friends" of mine. I just know now that with these friends we always get separate checks. Some people are just like that. I have an Aunt that I always make sure I get a separate check with because she will order salad and a water, and then when the bill comes she will round her bill down (ex. a $6.99 salad becomes $6.00) and not leave a tip. I love her, she is not a horrible person, but some people are just like this. If they already had separate checks and walked out without paying, then the waiter should have kept better track; however, they don’t usually do separate checks for every individual in a party larger than 6.
Post # 8
One of my friends had this fabulous idea during undergrad outings- was that everyone at the table gets an envelope. At the end of the meal they write down on the front of the envelope what they ordered, and inside would be their contribution. That way you knew who came up short or paid too much.
Post # 9
I feel for you! I was the maid of honour in a wedding a few years ago, and the bachelorette party began with dinner. Well, we did the mistake of having one bill for a table of about 15 girls, and everyone was supposed to chip in for the bride’s dinner. At the end of the meal, myself and the other bridesmaid there had to cover the last $100 of the bill! At the time, everyone was saying "Oh no, I paid my amount!" And it was getting awkward, and we didn’t want to make the bride feel like SHE had to pay… so we just forked it up. Not only was I completely pissed – but then, when we got to the dance club, NO ONE bought the bride drinks! So again, it was just us. I was royally mad at the time, but looking back, I guess it’s just part of the duty of being part of the wedding party. I don’t think there is any way you can figure it out now – as much as it sucks! The people who cheaped out were girls I did not know, who were from the groom’s side, so I just let it go.
But again, I feel for you!
Post # 10
I agree with Superstar, I can’t imagine friends really doing that! I mean friends are friends for a reason.