Do you usually volunteer to pay for your fellow worker's lunches?

August 10, 2012 4:09am CST
For too long, we have thought that common courtesy demands that one person pay for everyone's meals. Oftentimes this leads to an embarrassing struggle over who will pay. Of course, each person is expected to take turns, but the order is not always clear and this may lead to resentment by the others. Meal costs are also constantly rising, so paying for multiple meals at one time is often inconvenient. We could save ourselves a lot of trouble if we would agree to go dutch-each pays for his own meal.
3 responses
• Philippines
20 Oct 12
hi rodivina, When I have a part time job at the office I share meals with my office mates almost everyday if we are having lunch outside and I have extra money I will but them a drinks but if I only have enough money then I don't happy mylotting
@jaiho2009 (39001)
• Philippines
20 Oct 12
I would volunteer if I have extra money, but if I don't have much money- then I wont. Besides, if we're all having the same salary (co-workers) then it is much better to pay each order individually .
@blummus (451)
• United States
10 Aug 12
I'm not sure where you live, but I've never worked anywhere it was expected to pay for others' meals. It may be a generous thing to do so from time to time, but where I've worked it was customary to bring a lunch from home most days, if not all, and then eat with friends. Cafeteria and restaurant food are usually much more expensive than a good lunch from home, and that money can be better used for other things.