INT. RESTAURANT – NIGHT
Upscale. The place is full but it’s still intimate. A MAN and a WOMAN sit at a table as they finish a piece of cake. By the flirtatious look in their eyes, they’re feelin’ each other. Mucho.
That was delicious.
Yeah, I could definitely eat that every night.
She blushes, clearly liking the implication.
I’m glad you finally let me take you out.
A WAITER comes by and leaves a check on the table. They both look at it, not knowing what to do.
Have you experienced this situation before? Are you about to go on a date and feel nervous about what to do when the bill arrives?
Don’t worry, we’re about to break it down.
William (Old School): Back in the day, it was automatic that the guy would pay for the bill. When I asked a woman out, there was no hesitation on my part in terms of paying for everything. I was raised to take care of my lady and I did just that. But, there were things that I looked out for when the check arrived:
*Did she expect me to pay?
*Did she offer to contribute to the meal?
*Did she thank me for paying?
I always looked out for these things because it said a lot about a woman. If she didn't even try to contribute, or say thank you, I felt like I was cheated. And it always told me she would probably act that way in a relationship. So, I always say the man should always pay for the meal while looking to see what the woman does. HOWEVER, if you’re always going out, allow her to pay every now and then.
Lauren (New School): My dad made some good points, but that was WAY back in the day. Times have changed. I don’t think it matters if you’re a man or a woman. What matters is who did the asking out?