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ron
February 19, 2024 at 5:54 pm #1128233

“What really shocked me was that she asked each couple to put credit card information to make the reservation without mentioning the name of the restaurant yet! Honestly, this request sounds kind of confusing and rude when you have known each other for a while”

The meeting organizer is either incredibly naive or scamming you. If she’s not scamming you, she’s practically shouting that she doesn’t trust you to live up to your share of the cancellation fee. Tell her no, you refuse to do it that way. You can contact the restaurant directly. The “I need your credit card info but I won’t tell you the name of the restaurant” is super B.S.

Also a huge possibility that the birthday planner intends to surprise you after the fact with your share of a restaurant bill at a very high-end restaurant that they know you wouldn’t be willing to sign up for, if you knew in advance how expensive this party is going to become. I’d also be careful to have an up-front agreement on how the bill splitting is going to occur — you may learn after-the-fact that an equal split has been arranged with the restaurant and that one or more couples plans very expensive food and wine/booze.

It might be safest to give this celebration a pass.