A Restaurant In Scotland Has Now Introduced A Split Bill Option For First Daters
Blackwood's Bar and Grill, within Edinburgh's Nira Caledonia Hotel, offers diners the option to say up front if you're planning to split costs over the phone, or by using a special request box when booking online.
It hopes to make that usually unavoidable awkward moment at the end of a first or second date much easier to manage.
Or even perhaps if you're six dates deep, but you're someone who hates the expectation of having to fork out, or feel it is anxiety-inducing trying to offer to pay your way, now it doesn't need to be a big deal.
At the end of your feast, upon asking for the bill, a waiter will seamlessly slide two separate bills onto the table if you've made a request beforehand, so that you both can pay what you owe without discussion.
It will remove the niggle of wondering if you look like a cheapskate and unnecessary quibbles.
Despite this sounding like a very modern answer to just one of many dating woes, we do wonder if people will be too worried to use the service.
If you request it up front and two bills arrive, it's pretty obvious someone has arranged it in advance, so will it defeat the point, i.e - will you still feel like a cheapskate? Not that anyone should, this is 21st century dating after all.
We're unsure, but it's still good to have the option, right?
Gary Harding, Blackwood's restaurant manager, told Tyla: "I think this service is great because it can remove some of the awkwardness of the first date and hopefully make their first date the first of many."
"Also in modern dating culture we felt that first dates potentially would like to pay their own way in this scenario."
But he and nor will his staff be making any assumptions about diners. If you don't request it, they will not presume you wish to split the bill and it certainly won't be forced upon you.
It may help take just one of the small pressures off the ever hard to navigate dating world.
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