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Guy Breaks Up With Girlfriend After She Insists He Pay For Her Pricey Birthday Dinner With Friends

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We should all be able to agree that a relationship should not be based on appearances or money alone, and yet, there are people out there who are ready to throw out a relationship the second it doesn’t appear as flashy as they wish.

It’s clear that some people place transactional price tags on all of their relationships and are ready to walk as soon as they don’t deliver, agreed the “Am I the A**hole?” (AITAH) subReddit.

After organizing his girlfriend’s birthday dinner, Redditor Western-Echidna-5626 was shocked when his girlfriend also volunteered for him to pay for everyone’s expensive meal.

When she threatened to leave him over not paying for everyone’s plates, the Original Poster (OP) realized the price tag she had placed on their relationship.

He asked the sub:

“AITAH for dumping my girlfriend after she expected me to pay for EVERYONE on her birthday?”

The OP recently planned an expensive birthday dinner celebration for his girlfriend.

“I (24 Male) and my girlfriend (24 Female) have been dating for four years.”

“On my girlfriend’s 24th birthday two weeks ago, I booked a table at a pretty nice restaurant for me, her, and four of her friends.”

“I want to clarify beforehand that I earn quite a bit more than my girlfriend. I cover all the rent and utilities for our apartment, while she covers household expenses like groceries.”

“While at the restaurant, I noticed how she and all her friends ordered some of the most expensive items on the menu. At the time, I thought I would only be covering my girlfriend’s and my bill, so I wasn’t really concerned.”

But then the OP’s girlfriend tried to volunteer his wallet.

“When the bill arrived and the waiter asked if I would like to split the bill, I said yes. I told the waiter that what my girlfriend and I ordered would be on me, and the rest should be decided between her friends.”

“The bill totaled around 1100 Euros. I remember the smiles being wiped off their faces as soon as I said that.”

“I ended up paying for my girlfriend’s and my food, while her friends paid for theirs.”

The OP’s girlfriend’s behavior changed after the dinner was over.

“I remember the car ride home being awfully silent. I kept asking my girlfriend if something was wrong, but she kept insisting that she was just tired. And no, she clearly wasn’t ‘just tired.'”

“My girlfriend ended up giving me the silent treatment for the next week. I kept asking her if something was wrong, but she would always refuse to say what the issue was.”

“The thought of me not paying being the culprit kept creeping into my mind, but I would always reassure myself by telling myself that my girlfriend wouldn’t be dumb enough to expect me to pay for everyone’s food.”

Then the truth came out.

“I just lost it last Monday and demanded an answer from her.”

“She ended up telling me that I embarrassed her in front of her friends by not paying for everyone.”

“I asked her why it was my responsibility to pay.”

“She told me that since I organized everything and since I was ‘THE MAN,’ I was obliged to pay for everyone.”

“We ended up getting into a heated argument, and I ended up staying at my parents’ house for the next couple of days to gather my thoughts.”

The OP’s girlfriend gave him an ultimatum. 

“I came home last Friday, and her attitude towards me didn’t change one bit.”

“When I confronted her again, she told me to transfer the money her friends paid for the food, and only then would she talk to me.”

“We got into another heated argument, and I broke up with her then and there, telling her to pack her things.”

“While leaving, she called me a ‘broke boy’ and wished me good luck finding another girlfriend with my ‘brokey mentality.'”

“I almost immediately regretted dumping her on the spot for something that, in the grand scheme of things, is really small.”

“She sent me an apology yesterday for calling me those names, but she insisted on me paying back her friends if I wanted to make our relationship work.”

The OP was deeply conflicted.

“I have been a mess since. I don’t want to throw away four years with someone I considered to be the future mother of my kids.”

“I could have given her friends a heads-up that I wouldn’t be covering for them, and I know that’s completely my fault. But her behavior over the past two weeks has also been quite concerning to me.”

“But again, I love her too much for this situation to be the end of our relationship. I just want to swallow my pride and send her friends the money and forget about everything.”

“Am I the a**hole here? Did I overreact? Should I apologize and send her friends the money?”

“AITAH?”

Fellow Redditors weighed in:

  • NTA: Not the A**hole
  • YTA: You’re the A**hole
  • ESH: Everybody Sucks Here
  • NAH: No A**holes Here

Some wanted the OP to understand that his ex valued money more than their relationship.

“The OP said, ‘She sent me an apology yesterday for calling me those names, but she insisted on me paying back her friends if I wanted to make our relationship work.'”

“OP, she literally values a few hundred dollars to each of her friends, over your relationship. She is so concerned and upset that you broke up with her, that this is still the top of the list of demands to make the relationship work.”

“Let this sink in, dude…” – Fun_Release_8657

“‘For our relationship to work, I need to know that you are a gold mine that can be exploited. I need to get my dig on.’ – the ex-girlfriend probably.” – ChipChippersOnFire

“I wouldn’t be surprised if she dumps him herself after he transfers money to her friends. She is clearly making it clear that she does not value this relationship.” – zagoray

“She was probably bragging to her friends that you make good money and wanted to show off by having you pay. You didn’t and she looked like a chump in front of her friends. Hence the ‘broke boy’ accusations as she left.”

“I guess if you like manipulation in a relationship you can reconcile with her but I hope you have more self-respect than doing that.” – MonkeyNihilist

“She put something in her friend’s heads before the get-together. Her fantasy didn’t align with reality and she got embarrassed. She’s a child and she’s too easily influenced. Get out now and leave this money grubber for the streets.” – P0stManMal0ne

“If she was actually worried about her friends, she’d be giving them money out of her own pocket.”

“It’s actually insane that’s she’s so embarrassed but won’t make things right on her end. Obviously, her money is hers and his is hers.” – FlaxFox

“That was not an apology, it was a counteroffer. You’re trying to have a healthy adult relationship based on love and affection, and she’s reading ‘Art of The Deal’ to get tips on her next move.”

“NTA, and after a little while, I think you’ll realize just how big of a bullet you just dodged, OP.” – Rogueshoten

Others agreed and said it wasn’t up to the OP to manage everyone’s expenses.

“It was that expensive because your user ex bragged to all her friends about how much she has you wrapped around her finger and how you’d be paying for everyone in her honor.”

“Then, her equally entitled friends took that as a cue to be wasteful and excessive because they are as greedy and materialistic as her.”

“This is not your fault, OP.” – Sebscreen

“It’s not your fault it got that expensive, it’s theirs. I even taught my children that if someone offers to buy their food, to never pick the most expensive item. They’re rude as s**t for doing that.”

“I guarantee if they knew they were paying for themselves, they wouldn’t have ordered what they did.” – thequeenbee3

“What the f**k do you mean, you never meant for it to get expensive? Of course you didn’t! You didn’t expect anything at all. I mean if anything she should’ve paid for all your s**t, not you. How entitled your ex must be.” – SolBoi24

“He should absolutely not have paid for them.”

“While I do think the smart thing to do would have been to state that in the beginning (and that’s just my anxiety talking because I’d be thinking way ahead and I’d want to avoid this situation) in no way shape or form should he have felt obligated to pay.”

“Not even to mention the fact that it was sh*tty of them or order more expensive than they were comfortable paying because they thought someone else was paying.” – granth1993

“I get invited out to birthday dinners/parties all the time. Once even to a fancy place I couldn’t really afford. I ordered what I could afford and enjoyed myself. Not once have I ever expected someone to pay my bill! Ever!”

“Being invited out, is not an invite to indulge in the most expensive items on the menu and expect the host to pay! That’s totally on the ex and her friends.” – pinksmurf8

“It’s my Step-Mum’s birthday today, and we (my Dad, Step-Mum, Step-Sister, and BIL) went out for lunch. Knowing my Dad would probably pick up the tab (he did), I made sure not to order the most expensive thing and only ordered a starter because everyone else did, and he encouraged us to.”

“Otherwise, the five of us would have paid for our own meals and split the cost of my Step-Mum’s dinner as well as the tip between us. That, to me, is the norm. Not running up a bill that’s as much as some people’s rent because you have the audacity to expect someone you’re not even dating to cover you.” – Wren-0582

“DO NOT under any circumstances apologize OR give her friends money. You were under no obligation to pay for HER friends. Who assumes that just because you organized a dinner that that also means you automatically pay?”

“Maybe this is a cultural difference, I don’t know, but I’ve organized and also been invited to plenty of parties thrown for or on behalf of a friend, and unless otherwise told ‘this event will be covered,’ I ALWAYS pay for myself and assume I will do so when I order.”

“What your ex and her friends are is entitled. If you ‘swallow your pride,’ this will be the first in a very long line of things you will now be expected to foot the bill for, likely always with threats of the relationship ending if you don’t.”

“NTA.” – litt3llion

Not only did the subReddit think that the OP wasn’t in the wrong, but they insisted that he leave the relationship exactly where it already was: behind.

He didn’t need to apologize further or cover anyone’s expenses.

The last thing a person should do is spend money they expect someone else to cover, especially when they only heard a rumor about the bill being covered rather than hearing it directly from the person in the form of a genuine offer.

Written by McKenzie Lynn Tozan

McKenzie Lynn Tozan has been a part of the George Takei family since 2019 when she wrote some of her favorite early pieces: Sesame Street introducing its first character who lived in foster care and Bruce Willis delivering a not-so-Die-Hard opening pitch at a Phillies game. She's gone on to write nearly 3,000 viral and trending stories for George Takei, Comic Sands, Percolately, and ĂśberFacts. With an unstoppable love for the written word, she's also an avid reader, poet, and indie novelist.