Awkward Date Scene Sparks Debate: Who Should Pay on the First Date?

A recent and extremely awkward date on the British reality show “First Dates” has sparked a crucial online debate about modern dating on who should pay on the first date.

The episode followed 30-year-old manager Elle and 38-year-old fireman Mark, who are both from London, on a dinner date. Mark, a father of three, is looking for “the one” while Elle is trying to find a “real gentleman.” Their date initially went well until the bill came.

Here’s how their conversation went after a waiter brought the check which totaled 136.69 pounds ($211).

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Elle, as she slides the paper over to mark, said: “Oh, we need to pay the bill.”

Mark: “Are you giving it to me?”

Elle: “Of course I’m giving it to you. I never pay on dates. Why would I?”

Mark: “Why wouldn’t you split it?”

Elle: “Come on, I’ve been hot and fun.”

Elle then offered to pay 30 pounds ($46) and said: “I understand your situation, you have three babies. Of course I’m going to go halves. Well not halves …”

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Mark, nervously laughing, said: “You haven’t gone anywhere near halves.”

Elle: “Very funny. Do we get more tequilas?”

Mark: “No.”

Elle: “Why?”

Mark: “Because I’m broke.”

Then there was an awkward moment of silent disappointment from Elle before Mark dropped a bomb about money and equality.

Mark: “Is it because you’re a woman? We’re not equal? We’re equal when you want us to be, no?”

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Elle was silent, and then after expressing shock, she downed her wine and got up to leave the restaurant without a word.

Of course, this is a reality show, so the couple had to get together again for the post-date interview where Elle argued her side of things.

“I’m just more used to not having to pay. Usually if I’m on a date, you get treated nicely. You get treated like a woman,” she said.

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“I found Elle quite high maintenance. Not the sort of lady I would normally go for,” Mark shared.

Elle expressed that she would go on another date with him, but Mark was less than enthusiastic.

Their awkward interaction opened a can of worms on Twitter about who should pay on a blind first date. Should a man always pay the bill? Should the person who makes the most money pay? Or should couples always split it?

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h/t: Mashable
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