Birthday dinner went wrong
I have a friend I’ve known for over 10 years. Each year there are there of us who go out to have dinner on each others’ birthdays. Traditionally the others pay for the birthday person. This year when it got to my birthday he seemed reticent to go out and, in fact cancelled last minute saying his shoulder was playing up. Nevertheless he went for a drink that evening and we postponed the meal until the following week.
All 3 of us met for the meal. At one point he started talking very loudly about the price of the items on the menu. He ordered desert, even though I said I was quite happy to go without. Then, at the end, he started saying “Oh I didn’t expect it to come to that.” repeatedly implying he couldn’t afford it. In the end we split the bill 3 ways breaking the normal tradition the birthday person not paying, around £40 each.
A short time later he tells me he’s booked a holiday “last minute” with friends. He’s also been spending quite a lot on doing up his new house. So he seems to have money. And I’m left feeling a little hard done by. I’m wondering if I should say something but then I’d appear mean.
He is debt free, mortgage paid and lives on his own.
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