The number one beloved activity in Q8 is getting together for something to eat in one of the restaurants we have dotted all around us! You sit down, flip through the menu, order half the menu or order a cup of water, whatever the circumenstances… and you enjoy the time with the company you have sitting with you.
The moment the check is called in however, you can brace yourself for some amusement… Some people will gather around the cheque and calculate how much exactly did ever one order and break it down into the smalles fils. Others would fight over the cheque, pulling the little paper and swearing that no one will pay but themselves… fights of this kind are the most amusing and can go on for a while especially if it includes digging up of old memories… others would calmly and agreebly divide the amount on the cheque between them and then each produces 10 KD and puts it on the cheque since, surprise surprise, no one has any change but they all want to pay 😀
and sometimes you would have someone so elusive, they would “pretend” to go to the bathroom before asking for the check, go pay at the register when no one is looking… and come sit down innocently.
In my case i hate fighting for the check. I hate the drama and the pulling and the tugging and whenever i try and protest and want to pay the check i always lose -shameful i know- ! The way i prefer it best is dividing the amount on the cheque on the number of people and each pays her own, no mess, no fuss, and no feeling “indebted”… i hate it when people pay on my behalf or insist on paying on my behalf escpecially when i can never win a paying the check fight!!!
Why can’t every one divide the cheque on every one o khala9? Is is the best way around and it’s the next fairest thing to do without all the drama! What do you think? How do you usually go about paying the check in restaurants and which way do you think is the best way?!