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Americans Don't 'Go Dutch'

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I just read a blog on here that stated that 'it is well known that Western people go Dutch.' It further stated that Western people don't entertain or invite others to meals at restauarants. I'm not sure who told someone these things, but, it isn't at all true.

Americans love inviting others to restaurants for meals. In my nearly 6 decades of living, I've never once 'gone Dutch.' In fact, I've never witnessed this in America.

Americans love inviting others to a meal at a restaurant and do it very often. Family gatherings, romantic dates, meeting up with friends and, of course, business is very often done over a meal.

I have, on the other hand, seen many Americans who will not only pay for the meal that they are partaking in, but, likewise, pay for meals of perhaps other patrons who they know that are also eating in the same restaurant. I've done this many times in my life. You invite someone for lunch or dinner, you pick up the tab for yourself and those you've invited and then, you see someone else in the restaurant that you know and pick up their tab as well. 

Usually, Americans like to pay for the other group's tab anonymously so as not to draw much attention to themselves. The other group will only discover that their meal has been paid, but, not who paid. Perhaps other times, they will find out who paid only after the person who has paid, has left.

I've never seen the scenario of two people rushing to pay and contending to pay for the bill that I've seen in other countries. This just doesn't happen in America. We would consider that silly and perhaps even childish.

This idea, however, in China that 'Westerners always go Dutch' is certainly not true in America. Never has been. I never heard anyone say that Westerners do that until I came to China.

(Opinions of the writer in this blog don't represent those of China Daily.)




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Michael is the author of the transformational book, Powerful Attitudes. He is a professional educator, an educational consultant, an author. He lives in Zhengzhou, Henan Province. He enjoys playing guitar and writing poetry. He loves China.


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