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By Anonymous - / Saturday 15 January 2011 15:33 / United States
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The birthday person is supposed to treat the others to dinner/drinks. What kind of fucked up culture do you live in where you expect them to do it?

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And what kind of moron are you to think that everyone should do things the same way whatever your culture is does them? Hm? As far as I'm aware, at least in many part of the US and Canada, it's fairly customary to treat the friend whose birthday it is. Especially if its the non-birthday people who arranged the dinner. When I do birthday celebrations at restaurants, everyone pays for themselves (except my boyfriend has usually insisted on paying for me, and I reciprocate on his birthday). But

This FML is a bit weird to me, but that is probably because I'm not from the US. Here when someone has a birthday he organises some kind of celebration (at home or restaurant), pays for the food and receives gifts.

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Is USA, the friends pay unless of course you do make a party or something like that. But in restaurants, friends should pay.

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If it's a more "traditional" kind of birthday party, then yes. The birthday person provides the food while the attendees come over and provide the gifts. However, if they're all going out to a restaurant? Chances are that being with friends and them getting the birthday person food is what's assumed to BE the gift, in a way. In that case, they should at least pay their share (paying for the birthday boy/girl would be more polite, but eh). Sticking the entire bill onto the person wit

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Both things happen in the US. If you choose to throw yourself a birthday celebration, then you pay. If your friends invite you out (as happened in this post), then they pay. If a dinner is planned collectively (between the birthday celebrator and his/her friends), then either the friends pay or everyone pays for themselves. If a party is planned collectively, then people bring food or drinks. This is usually the case if you're all broke students. :-)

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Yeah, the 'bring a cake to work on your birthday' is a big trap for people moving to Germany. In Australia, if you go to a restaurant for your birthday, it's normal that the birthday person doesn't pay, and the cheque is divided up amongst the guests.

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Yeap, I've been in near fights with mates because it's their birthday and they've insisted on paying for their own drink/meal. Aussies are good like that, shouts all round especially on special occasions. I've had many an expensive night on account of my generosity, eeep! PS to OP: I'd be finding new friends o.O

By  Yaggi

well some people who has birthdays treat their friends for some grub... but it was kinda unfair how you had to pay for everything without them chipping in a bit... fyl and happy birthday :)

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