Mum left uncomfortable as friend demands £45 for Chinese takeaway at home dinner

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The topic of splitting the bill for takeaway orders can often be a tricky one, especially among new friends or infrequent gatherings.

Some people might favour dividing the cost equally, while others prefer to pay separately for their own meals and drinks, whether dining out or ordering in. A mum has shared her discomfort after being asked to split the £92 bill for a Chinese takeaway evenly at a friend's house, despite not consuming half of the food.

Sharing her experience on Mumsnet, the anonymous mum was admittedly "speechless" when presented with the bill. She wrote: "I visited my friend's home recently with my 12-year-old and she has three kids herself and lives in a very nice large home (just for information)."

"I brought some gifts for them then early evening she suggested there was a great Chinese nearby and should we order a takeaway? Great idea - I ordered a few dishes for me and my daughter and she ordered five dishes for her and her three children. She then said that's £92 and just give her £45."

She went on to say: "I was speechless as we were guests in her home and she invited us for dinner and I was scrambling through my purse as I had my cards on me and only just had enough cash to give her. I would never do that to a guest in my home and I felt really uncomfortable afterwards. Just wondered what you think as it's been bugging me," she asked for advice. Although the mum confessed she would "never" ask a guest in her home to split the bill, other Mumsnet users disagreed, reports the Mirror.

Commenters said they would "expect to pay" towards the cost of food - whether it was at a restaurant or at home. "I would have added up the amount for the dishes I had ordered and paid that," one person wrote.

Another person replied: "I'd expect to pay towards a takeaway at a friend's house."

A third social media user concurred: "I would expect to split a takeaway, just as I would a meal in a restaurant" While a fourth person commented: "I'd pay for what I ordered and towards a delivery charge/tip."