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Awkward Moment Dodged: Know Who Should Pick up the Check

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Bizly

Jul 20, 2015

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2 min read

The server gingerly slips the check on the table as your business lunch winds down, and it’s clear from where it’s placed he’s unsure who will be paying. You are too! Next time, brush up on business meal credit card etiquette, and you’ll handle these moments with confidence.First, the easy scenarios. When your meal falls into one of these categories, it’s generally accepted who should be reaching for their Centurion card:

  • A vendor always pays for a customer’s meal.

  • Otherwise, the individual who initiated the meal picks up the check.

  • The boss pays when dining with subordinates.

  • If one individual requested the meal as a favor, such as to seek advice or to network, they should pay.

In all other circumstances, your smartest, long-view tactic according to etiquette experts, is to be the one who grabs the check. Be the hero. When someone else offers to pay, accept graciously and offer to get it next time. If the check lingers too long on the table and it seems appropriate, you can reach for it, saying, “Let’s see what we owe. Do you mind if we split?”For those times you’re the host, a little planning can make settling up seamless and discreet:

  • Make it clear when initiating the invitation that you’re the host. “Can I buy you lunch?” communicates this from the start.

  • Speak with the server before the meal to indicate the check should be given to you or arrange payment.

  • Use a pre-payment app–the check will not even appear at the table. With Cover, just mention to your server at the beginning of the meal that you’re using the app. (However, expense receipts are not available.) Or, if you book a reservation with the OpenTable app, use it to pay (at participating restaurants). Leave when you’re ready: Your receipt will be emailed to you.

Take charge of bill-pay etiquette and your power lunch will end on a strong note.

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Jul 20, 2015

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