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do you share a gift certificate at a restaurant?

ritabwh | Jan 26, 201404:42 PM

some really good friends ( a couple) asked: do you want to go to dinner at blah-blah blah restaurant? we have a gift certificate for $50.
so we said yes.
they ordered $50 worth of food. we ordere a little less than $50. imagine our surprise when separate checks were requested and the $50 gift certificate was applied only to their dinner and we were on our own.
were we wrong to assume that the gift certificate would be applied to entire bill? we've known this couple for over 30 years and we are very good friends. this was the first time for this and we were completely caught off guard.
whenever i invite anyone to join me and i say i have a gift certificate my intentiion is to share the ceritificate and split the bill.
so what is the proper etiquette (if there is such a thing in a situation like this)? do you share? or not? especiallly if you've mentioned the gift ceritficate. would you even consider dining in a group setting then whipping out the gift certificate to pay for your own ticket?

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