First Dates and the unbearable awkwardness of going Dutch | Carl Anka

The thorny issue of bill-splitting made for a cringeworthy encounter on Channel 4’s dating show. I would like to suggest a few basic rules

In the same week that a man sent a woman a bill for £42.50 after she declined a second date, Channel 4’s First Dates saw one meet-up take an awkward turn this week: would-be couple Elaine and Steve were enjoying a lovely night, dancing together in the restaurant, before things went south when the bill came and Steve asked to go Dutch.

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