A friend of mine, Lisa, got a gift certificate to a nice restaurant in New York from her boss for Christmas. Her boss told her to take her husband and have a nice night out, and that this was his favorite restaurant. This is a much nicer restaurant than she and her husband would normally frequent. When she checked the menu online, she found out that this restaurant has a pre-fixe menu for dinner, where there is already a pre-set price for 3 courses and no a la carte options. The gift certificate only covers one person's meal, including tax and tip. The amount she and her husband would have to spend for the other person's meal is more than what they would normally spend for a night out for the two of them and frankly way out of their budget right now. This is not even including any drinks or wine that they would get.
1) Is it rude to give a certificate for a restaurant that a person would not normally go to that only covers one person, especially when you know how much the meal would cost there?
2) What are her options?
a) She can try to save up the money for the other person's meal, but it seems incongruous to have to save up for a restaurant that you normally wouldn't go to anyways.
b) She can not go and lie to her boss that she went, but obviously lying is bad and in this case she would probably get caught anyway since her boss was familiar with the restaurant.
c) She can not go and find some other excuse to her boss, but that sounds bad, too, since he was nice enough to get her the certificate.
d) She can tell her boss the truth, but that would make her boss feel bad and sounds like she's asking for more money.
Edited to add: I know option d above is rude - I just put it there as an option.
What do you think, E-Hellions?