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originally posted by: Thoughtcrime
With nothing to do today but go to dinner with my wife’s friends, I was reminded of something that happened last month while at dinner with them. I suppose this is something that most normal people don’t worry about. But it bothers me. So I have to ask: Is it me?
First the question: When you ‘split’ a meal with someone, is it correct to assume that means that you and whomever you’re sharing it with can pick off the plate at random?
Here’s the background….
My wife and I are at a restaurant (a Yuppie kinda place) with four of her long-time friends. Everyone but me and one of my wife’s friends orders; this friend—let’s call her ‘Stacey’—and I can’t make up our minds. We both want a pizza, but not a whole pizza. I suggest that Stacey and I “split a whole pizza”. She wants caramelized onions and goat cheese; I want Margheretta. We agree that both toppings sound so good we can’t choose one or the other. So we agree to split the pizza, one half onions, one half Margheretta. Done!
The pizza arrives, everyone’s tucking in to their wonderful meal, everyone’s laughing and happy. I eat a few of ‘my’ slices, Stacey eats a few of ‘her’ slices. I grab one of her slices and eat it. She grabs one of my slices and eats it. We both agree it was a good decision to split the pizza. Then I grab another (small) slice of hers and eat it. She still had four more pieces.
While I’m eating the second slice of her onion topped pizza, she loudly says “What are you doing!? That’s my pizza!” I almost choked! I was mortified.
So then I said “I thought we were sharing a pizza!”
She says “Yeah, but that doesn’t mean you get to eat MY pizza.”
I tell her “I’m sorry! Whenever I split something with someone, I mean ‘sharing’. You’re welcome to another slice of mine”
She just scowls at the pizza and drops the subject.
No-one said a word. Talk about me being embarrassed! AITA?