What happens when you order the “Check” in a Restaurant?!

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?!

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24 responses to this post.

  1. Hahaha nice post! 😀

    When I go out it’s either divide the amount by the number of people .. or lately when were all broke everyone pays for what he ordered. And the most annoying thing is the change! I ask the waiter to make me some change sometimes.

    But to pay the whole thing? Never! I invite my friends to dessert and stuff but I’m not that rich yet. I’m just 17. :p hahaha

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    • Posted by danderma on November 9, 2010 at 4:32 PM

      LoooL true ur still not that rich yet… wait till you have your own salary and see how the tables go round 😀

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  2. You’re nailing it with these posts. I remember university days, when everyone was on “limited” resources so to speak, and it was taken for granted that everyone pays his/her share.
    Like you, I hate the drama of who’s going to pay and feeling indebted. Many times we’ve had to agree before hand that we are inviting and paying only to be let down with the tricks you mentioned. It’s really annoying. I hate it more when ladies have to make a scene out of it. Ya3ni khalas no one has to constantly take the load of the bill.
    The only solution for the “feeling indebted” I could thing of, is hosting dinner parties at home. No one has gone to the lengths of tracking down the catering services and paying YET hahaha but you never know 🙂

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    • Posted by danderma on November 9, 2010 at 4:35 PM

      The way i see it even if we agree beforehand who will pay for what… all those agreements and promises fly out of the window when the check comes!!! I know people are generous and all but it is really more comfortable having everyone pay their share o khalas 🙂

      LoooL if you host dinners at home you would still have people bringing over platters of food or asking what to bring or whatever… they will still somehow be participating 😉

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  3. Posted by Kinz on November 9, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    In our Saudi/Khawajaty group if we are close friends we add an extra tip to the check (they always include a service charge) and then we divide it up equally no fussing over who ordered what. In some groups where we are getting together for a social meeting, where the members don’t usually hang out together, we choose a venue where the waiters will issue separate checks. Sometimes they won’t so everyone estimates what their share is. I then gather the money and look to see if the amount fell short and make up the difference after they leave because I make the reservations and I want to treat the waitstaff properly. If it is a small group where Saudi friends are inviting out Saudi/American friends or American friends are inviting out Saudi, someone will fight for the check, this is unavoidable because it’s Saudi System however the ettiquette is whoever did the inviting should win the check grab. After the invitation is reciprocated (it can take weeks) we usually agree that next time will be “bil buy.” Which means we split the check it also means that after the first two dinners we are closer and will spend more time together. If it is someone’s birthday the friends will treat that person and also split on flowers and cake. My favorite way to treat checks is where everyone splits the bill equally. When you go out with the same group of friends frequently this is the least headache.

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    • Posted by danderma on November 9, 2010 at 4:32 PM

      True i prefer it when people split the cheque equally… as it happens even when you go out with the same group frequently if someone pays the bill solely the next time around you will see them also insisting on paying the whole sum again and again… and by the 3rd outing everyone would have forgotten who paid what when which is very unfair and frustrating even if the people are generous enough but others would be more comfortable if they know they will pay their share of the meal…

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  4. Posted by Kindation on November 9, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    I’ve seen all of these kind of stuff in a restaurant, I personally rather paying what I’ve ordered exactly no more no less.

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    • Posted by danderma on November 9, 2010 at 2:42 PM

      ham it’s the fairest way to go… beause some people order the whole menu while others order only a cup of coffee mathalan… i wouldn’t mind paying more as long as i am paying what everyone else is paying…

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  5. Posted by Nawnaw on November 9, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    Divide the bill By the no. Of the friends

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  6. Usually we pay by just dividing the bill by the number of friends, makes life so much easier. Not always the most economical, but less time consuming, eb9ara7a ma efregat 3ala 2-3 KD if we already know we are going out to dinner.

    Bas if I am out with someone I haven’t seen in a long time, like my cousin the other day, oo min baab eni akbar minha oo ehya tawha emkhal9a her masters, I paid for our lunch.

    Sometimes enkoon a close group of friends 6al3een oo wa7da etgool khalas il dinner or lunch 3alay, we rarely fight anymore liana we know ena binrid el3azeema.

    Oo Salamtich.

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    • Posted by danderma on November 9, 2010 at 2:39 PM

      LooL ok itha ana adry benred il 3azema maybe illl let it slide…
      but marra shey9er, etkoneen big group… o next time wa7da thaniya.. o wa7da thaltha… faj2a ele def3aw awal shay still yene6oon yboon ydf3oon again… or you lose track… madry ma a7eb il fawtha ana 😦 kil wa7ed yedfa3 3ogob taqseem il phatoora o khalas!

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  7. Posted by 7ameedo on November 9, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    only yesterday i took my friends to a McDonalds Drive thru.. I did not order myself as I loathe the place.. anyway, the bill came to 17 dollars.. everyone of them gave me a 20$ bill.. long story short, i did not order anything and yet I came out +40$ richer! 😀

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  8. i don’t mind checking the cheque
    coz it happen where they add large water that no one ordered,
    or put two salads instead of one
    so i don’t want anyone to see me as stupid customer

    the thing about fighting hehehe
    well it depends
    some times we divide the cheque
    sometimes when we are two, i pay for the meal she pays for coffee and desert
    so there is no clear rule

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    • Posted by danderma on November 9, 2010 at 4:27 PM

      I don’t mind checking the check but i don’t do it usually… but you see some people fighting over who paid what o yt7aseboon 3la il fils… eshda3wa…

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  9. Posted by noora on November 9, 2010 at 3:14 PM

    i personally enjoy it whenever mom and aunties start making that kind of a scene over who’s paying the bill ;p sara7a manthar 3aneef!!
    usually if it was me with a grp of friends, we would divide the bill, unless wa7da etsawee any of hal 7arakat.

    3ad ily ma a7eba, when the bill comes back with the zyada o0 abi awaze3 il zyada 3lehum kil wa7da etqol la mo ana @@ ya3ni a5ali il tip 10 KD! msa5a ehe!?

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    • Posted by danderma on November 9, 2010 at 4:25 PM

      LoooL ee y3ni el bajee shitsaween feeh b3d!

      unless you guys go to another place for coffee o spend il ten kd 😀

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  10. Posted by Summer on November 9, 2010 at 7:07 PM

    I totally agree with your way!! my friends and i always fight over the check but I love it when we all get to divide it!! but the problem is (just like you said) no one ever has change!! thats so annoying!
    thanks for pointing that out!

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    • Posted by danderma on November 9, 2010 at 8:14 PM

      LooL ee lazim we always have a change in our purses b3d… problem is if no one has cash at all o we all want to pay by card :S

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  11. Posted by giggles on November 9, 2010 at 7:41 PM

    we normally divide the bill between us 3ashan we avoid the ok 5alaiytich hal mara bas il mara il yaya 3alaiy and flana says la 3alaiy ana the other one says la ana o man5ale9 chethe hehe :p

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  12. lol I couldn’t help but laughing cause we go through the tug of war with the bill every time and yes we dig up old outings oo who paid last…it goes on even after the bill gets paid lool
    I prefer alternating, kl mara wa7d ydfa3…bs thats how the tugging starts 😛
    funny how in our culture we fight to pay the bill lol u dont see that commonly elsewhere

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    • Posted by danderma on November 10, 2010 at 8:20 AM

      LooL mo el alternating = tug of war cause no one respects il door !!!!

      marrat yetnatefoon fashla :p you would think they are fighting NOT to pay mo who to pay 😀

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