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The Lasizwe effect: How do you split the bill when dining out with friends?

Do you pay for just what you had or do friends take turns paying the entire bill?

Do you pay for just what you had or do friends take turns paying the entire bill?

Published Nov 19, 2020


You are at a restaurant with friends, drinks are flowing and everyone is having a good old time, ordering their favourite meals. And then the bill comes around. What do you do? Do you split it evenly, regardless of how much each person ordered, even if someone just had a starter and some juice or water?

Do you pay for just what you had, or, do you take turns paying the entire bill, basically taking turns for it being your treat? This is a topic that often has social media in a bit of a tizz.

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Personally, when my friends and I go out as a group, everyone pays for their own meal. Usually, we pay for what we ate, drank and, of course, the tip. I strongly believe it doesn't make sense to split it evenly if someone had a steak while someone else just had an appetizer. Everyone pays what they had. That seems fair to me.

But sometimes, it depends on the people I'm with. If it's a close friend(s), I don’t mind paying the entire bill because we have formed that type of relationship. They will pay for me one time, and I'll pay for them one time.

This week, the topic once again surfaced on Twitter, causing a heated debate among users. This comes after one user, @UnathiLootlove shared a thirty-two-second video clip of YouTuber and reality television star Lasizwe Dambuza taken from the previous season of his Fake It Till You Make It reality show on MTV.

He is seen at a restaurant with Ayanda MVP and Tatum Lewis, asking for the bill, circling out what he ordered and making it clear he won’t be splitting the bill.

“Woah wait, mina, I ordered a salad, I ordered passion fruit and lemonade. I didn't order Jägerbombs. There were shots going around, now I must pay for all of their shots? Ah never,” he said.

After doing his calculations on how much he needed to contribute, Dambuza told the women all he needed to pay from the R1 400 bill was R120. The video left tweeps cracking up with laughter and many sharing their ways of splitting the bill with friends.

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