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Who should pay on the first date? Boy or girl?

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Alyssa:

If the guy asked the girl out, then I feel that on the first date the guy should pay the bill.  Whether if it’s for dinner, rollerskating, or a movie, I think that paying is what the gentleman should do.   It’s polite and a thoughtful gesture, and it leaves a good impression on the girl.

Ryan:

I almost agree, but it shouldn’t be expected that the guy shoulders the entire bill, and the girl should offer to pay for a small part of it, even if the guy refuses to accept it, which he should 4 times out of 5.

Alyssa:  

I agree that the girl should help contribute to the bill, however, not on the first date.  If the guy asks the girl out, I feel that paying is the most appropriate move.  If the girl asks the guy out, then I think that the girl should pay on the first date.  If not, they should go dutch.

Ryan:

Yes, the best way to do it is to have the person who asked pay the bill.  However, it is also a chivalrous gesture for the guy to pay for the bill most of the time, or at the very least offer to.  

Alyssa:

After the first date the couple should take turns paying, or they should each pay for their own half, depending on which they agree on.

Ryan:

I definitely agree, but there should always be some sort of drive for the guy to be chivalrous.  Sometimes that means paying more than your fair share of a meal.

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