Whenever I go out with friends, I make sure to always leave more than I should when it comes to splitting the bill. I find that most people leave too little, usually forgetting tax or tip or often not paying for the drinks that they had. I normally don't correct people when this happens, I hate squabbling over a few dollars, but it definitely does bother me when people don't pay their fair share.
The thing is, someone is always underpaying. I usually don't take any money back and we usually leave the right amount. So if I'm overpaying, someone is underpaying. I often wonder if people realize this. Do they think other people just don't notice, and that they are getting away with paying less than they should? Or do people generally not know how much they should be paying?
I like to give my friends the benefit of the doubt. I think most of them are fair and honest people and definitely not just trying to save a buck or two at my expense. However, when I go out with people I'm not as good of friends with, I often wonder.
What are your thoughts and experiences? Do you find yourself paying a greater portion of the bill than you should?