Splitting the bill equitably, rounding it off to the nearest divisible dollar and making allowances for non-consumers of alcohol, or anyone who ate one course less, to pay proportionally less.
Polite is also:
Accepting some items of any course will have slightly lower or higher costs, unless you order identical meals!
Working out just how much each person spent on their meal down to the last cent, unless you are in truly dire financial circumstances and your friends are too mean to cover your costs!
Outrageous is also:
Arguing about who ordered what!
When Some Folks Leave Early:
Leaving more than enough money to pay for all you have consumed.
Knowing your friends will be left to make up money you owed for some, or all of your meal!
Polite and respected protocol in Australia and elsewhere is:
Leave a tip of 10% of the overall bill where the food and service have been good.
Being too mean to leave a tip,
When the person entrusted with paying the bill, pockets the tip for themselves!
- Always make it known just how much it is appreciated if someone shouts you your meal!
- Paying the entire bill to surprise friends dining at another table.
- Buying another table a bottle of lovely wine.
- Treating someone who is financially struggling to a meal, or sometimes even just a coffee!
- Having a friend cover for your meal when you are truly broke, but returning the favour as soon as you can afford to buy their meal!