I'm a bit cheap when I'm eating out, and I don't drink...wine, so bosses #3 and #4 chugging back three or four glasses each, #2 putting down two, and everyone having their favorite selection, the final bill for the five of us was about $165, after tip and tax. Given that my portion was about $16, that makes for some high-ticket food.
Anyway, I wanted to chip in when the credit card pool came up--because we were buying Boss #2's dinner, but also, hey, I don't like charity (unless it comes from Whines, and there's usually kickbacks and payoffs and such there), and I like to look like I contribute. True, my salary's the lowest (by definition, since I'm support staff for everyone at the table), and I had the lowest bill.
Boss #1 looks a little doubtful at my credit card, says "I don't want you to have to pay as much," which...well, I can be thankful for that (besides, he owes me $20). So he hands my credit card back...and splits my bill among himself and the other two payers.
That kind of leaves a bad taste in my mouth. On the other hand, I'm not out $40 for a meal (at least one that I didn't cook), so I can't complain too much, but I still don't like the way that felt.