Men, Women and Separate Checks

The Advice Goddess, Amy Alkon, author of a href=""span style="font-style:italic;"I See Rude People/span/aimg src="" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" / has a href=""an interesting post on men, women and separate checks. /a She received this email from a reader:br /br /blockquoteIt seems the requests for separate checks tend to separate along gender lines. A reader e-mails:br /br / I waited tables all through my twenties, when I started getting "real jobs." Much to my chagrin and disappontment, I am now, at 43, back to waiting tables. To be good at it requires a certain set of skills, mostly having to do with organization and social grace. All of these things came back to me practically /br / So did the memories/stereotypes of different kinds of customers. I am writing to see if you have insight or an educated guess on one of these oh-so-true stereotypes. If a group of men comes in to have lunch and maybe a beer, odds are pretty good that one of those men will pick up the tab. But, (ask any ten servers and this will be confirmed) if a group of women comes in, they will almost always ask for separate checks. It's always cause for comment among the waitstaff if a group of women doesn't ask for separate checks./blockquotebr /br /Amy asks readers why they think this is. She gets some interesting a href=""answers in the comment section./a