New York Times contributor Philip Galanes on etiquette for dining with others:

When the bill came, the man said, “Let’s split it 50-50.” I didn’t want to make a scene, so I plunked down my credit card.

Would it really have caused a scene in Massachusetts to say: “We’re on a tight budget. Let’s divide the bill by what we ordered.”? There’s no shame in being fiscally responsible, and your host may have learned how the other half lives.

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