Check Please

7032332B-2645-49E7-98D2-E6A5AA9DF57A“I insist,” I said, slowly reaching for the check the waiter had just placed on the table.

“No, I can’t let you do that,” Carl said, grabbing the check with an exaggerated flair before I could get to it.

I was pleased that he had done that, since my finances were a bit stretched at the moment. But I didn’t want my date to think of me as a cheapskate or a freeloader. “Well, at least let me pay for half,” I offered.

“Nonsense,” Carl said. “I got this. You can do the honors next time.”

“That’s very generous of you, Carl,” I said. But now I was embarrassed. Carl’s wife was clearly annoyed with him and my date was giving me a weird look. “How about I cover the tip?” I suggested.

“Don’t be ridiculous, I got this, buddy,” he said.

But before he could react, I reached over and snatched the check out of his hand. “No, no,” I said. “I’ve got this.”

I looked down at the piece of paper and swallowed hard when I saw that the total, before tip, was more than $300. Why was I driven to do that, I wondered. He’s a stock broker making mega-bucks and I work at Walmart, for crissake. What’s wrong with me?

I pulled my credit card from my wallet and held it out. “Here,” I said, handing the check and my credit card to Carl. “Give the waiter both of our credit cards and tell him to split it down the middle.”

“No, you got this, buddy,” Carl said. “I’ll treat the next time.”

Carl’s wife was pleased, my date was still looking at me weirdly, and I was praying that the waiter wouldn’t return to the table with news that my credit card had been rejected.

Written for today’s one-word prompt, “insist.”

6 thoughts on “Check Please

  1. Sight11 February 10, 2018 / 8:16 am

    Happened to me once I had forgotten my wallet and invited my friend for lunch. It was embarrassing to say the least.

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  2. pensitivity101 February 10, 2018 / 9:34 am

    Other way for me. I got caught twice to foot the bill when we were out dining with other people. Once just as the bill arrived it was ‘Thanks, we’ll do the same for you sometime’, and the other when ex partner told his cousins they could have whatever they wanted, including drinks as he (meaning me) was paying. They all had a rather expensive surf and turf platter and I had a cheese sandwich. When asked why I hadn’t had the same I said simply that I couldn’t afford it. The ex didn’t have his wallet, but then he never did unless it contained his beer money on his nights out with the lads, and his cousins didn’t even offer.

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  3. baddadcartoons101 February 10, 2018 / 10:07 am

    Not saying I’m cheap but when I was much younger I discovered a little trick when going out to bars with the gang. I always grabbed the first round so while they were still sober they remembered me buying. And by the last round, nobody knows or cares who pays!

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    • Fandango February 10, 2018 / 12:38 pm

      $3,000? Wow. I’d decline to reach for the check in that case as well. I hope he could expense it to his employer!


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