"Let's pull in Ruby Tuesday," my husband suggested. "I'd really like a burger and salad."
As we settled into our booth, I studied the menu. "I'd like the salad bar, but the kids will probably eat just 1 mini-burger each. Hmmm...."
1 adult mini burger combo for husband, $8.99
1 salad bar for me $7.99
1 kids meal with 2 mini burgers, drink, and fries, $4.50
adult mini burgers, fries, plus salad bar, $8.99 (husband)
adult mini burgers, fries, plus salad bar $8.99 (for me and the kids)
You know me. I ordered the adult combo and asked for a small plate. The waiter raised his eyebrows, but quickly agreed.
Had I done something wrong? I only wanted a plate of salad for myself and 1 burger for each kid. Why pay $4.50 more for the exact same food?
Perhaps the ethical question arises when the sharer compensates with extra trips through the salad bar. Yet my husband ate his two burgers, plus double the salad I had.
I don't eat out too often, so I'd appreciate your opinion:
Do you ever think twice about splitting a restaurant meal? At what point are you paying for service instead of food?