A Cheap Dig

I made a complete fool out of myself with this guy who took me out once. We went to a nice little Italian restaurant, nothing too fancy. I can be a bit of a snob though, and I think I was expecting to be taken somewhere a little more upmarket, but it was cool. I couldn’t help notice that he was ordering cheaper options off the menu for himself, which was irritating me.

I ordered a starter, then he changed his mind and suggested we share what I had ordered because he’d like to try it but didn’t see the point in ordering two of the same thing. So I suggested we get something else as well and we could both share that too. He didn’t seem overly enthusiastic and said that there was nothing that jumped out at him, but if I saw something else I fancied… Then we went onto mains, and I ordered a pizza with lots of special toppings, but he just ordered the cheese and tomato – who orders cheese and tomato? I thought that was on the menu as a kid’s option!

When the waiter asked us what we’d like to drink I ordered a large glass of wine, expecting him to order the bottle and share it with me, but instead he just asked for a tap water. By this point I was feeling irritable, and suggested he order a beer, or at least a bottle of spring water, and that if money was an issue not to worry about it. I probably shouldn’t have said it in front of the waiter, but I couldn’t help it.

He stared at me a bit astonished and said simply that he doesn’t drink alcohol and prefers the taste of tap water to spring water, but he’d be happy to pay for the tap water if it was a problem. I felt like a complete idiot, and the whole dinner was ruined.

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