Etiquette Tuesday: Divvy It Up?

[ 2 ] January 15, 2013 |


Today’s etiquette tip may have a difference of opinion due to generational gaps. My generation might think this behavior is totally acceptable and normal, while the baby boomer generation may think this lacks class or tact. The Scenario: A boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife invites guests out for the significant others surprise celebration at a restaurant and then proceeds to divide up the bill at the end of the meal. This Etiquette Tuesday focuses on the tact or lack there of behind dividing up the bill in this instance. To do or not to do? That is the question.

For many in my generation, this might be totally acceptable because we expect to pay our share of the bill during birthday celebrations. On the other hand, many from the baby boomer generation expect to cover the expenses of their significant others celebration. For a surprise party I feel, however, that I should be the one covering the expenses for my significant other. As I get older, I see myself progressively heading toward this way of handling things. When my bank account was less than stable I did not see this way of thinking because I had this incessant need to save every dime.

What do you think? Pay for the whole thing or divvy up the check? Let’s discuss.

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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  1. Monica G. says:

    I think it’s perfectly fine to split it up.

  2. Johnna says:

    Thanks Monica! I am torn in some instances…

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