Moocher Week?! I’m ready.
My husband did some accounting work for a small limousine company (friend-of-a-friend). Instead of paying, the guy offered us a free limo ride. A couple of weeks later, our car was in the shop, so we took him up on his offer and he agreed to pick us up at 7:30 a.m. to drive us to church. Sunday arrived, 7:30 arrived, he didn’t. Eight o’clock, no show. Eight-thirty passed. DH called him to find out what the problem was and, when he answered, it was clear we had awoken him. He insisted he could pick us up and get us there in time for the second church service, and he did. To make up for being late, though, he offered to take us out for dinner to the new (and very popular) steakhouse the next weekend and we accepted.
He called us the afternoon of the dinner date and asked us to meet him at the restaurant because his limo’s in the shop and his girlfriend (he’s married) agreed to pick him up but doesn’t want to drive all the way out to where we live to pick US up. DH agrees.
We meet them at the restaurant. New restaurant + the weekend = 2 hour wait for a table. Our host offers to get us drinks from the bar, we decline, and he gets drinks for himself and his girlfriend. We chat while waiting for a table. We get a table, our host orders a couple of appetizers for him and his companion, entrees from the high end of the menu, a couple bottles of wine, and tells us to order anything we want. We order an appetizer to share and, of course, entrees “from the middle”. We sit, eat, and chat for a while, then DH thanks him for the dinner and says we have to go home and relieve the babysitter. The server brings the check, our host gives him a credit card, the server returns…and says the card’s been declined. Our host asks us if WE can pay for it!
At this point, DH (who’s usually extremely patient and forbearing) decides he’s taken enough of this guy’s excuses and says, “No, we can’t. We left the credit cards at home and I’ve only got enough cash to pay the babysitter. Thank you again for the lovely dinner, and [Girlfriend], it was a pleasure meeting you, but we have to leave now.” As we were leaving, the guy was asking his girlfriend to pay the bill. 0111017
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