First Dates contestants Steve and Elaine sparked a debate on social media over whether or not men and women should split the bill.
Wednesday (November 18) evening’s episode took a look back at some memorable dates that didn’t end well and featured the two hopefuls.
When were Elaine and Steve on First Dates, and what happened?
The duo were on the show in 2017 and, while they seemed to hit it off, their date hit the rocks when the time came to pay.
When Steve saw the bill, he said, “I ain’t got that” and as Elaine seemed confused, he asked the waitress to give them a moment.
He asked if they could “go Dutch” on the bill and though Elaine complied, she shook her head, looking annoyed.
Making it worse, Steve asked her for another £10 after she put her money down.
She said on the Channel 4 programme: “I’m shocked, I’m still trying to get over it.”
After the date, as they sat together, Steve said: “I’m about equal opportunities, aren’t I darling?”
While they laughed about it afterwards, Elaine told him she wouldn’t be interested in a second date and Steve felt the same way.
It sparked a debate on social media, with a number of those watching saying people should always split the bill.
What did First Dates viewers say about paying the bill?
One joked: “#FirstDates, men should start taking offence when women don’t pay the whole bill.”
I don’t see why the man has to be expected to pay the bill First Dates.
Another wrote, disbelievingly: “It’s 2020 and some women still expect men to pay for the bill on a date. #FirstDates.”
A third put: “I don’t see why the man has to be expected to pay the bill #FirstDates. She doesn’t even know what his financial status is! I think Elaine was rude!”
#FirstDates Men should start taking offence when women don't pay the whole bill 🙄
— Janey Brooke (@jan_fifi) November 18, 2020
It’s 2020 and some women still expect men to pay for the bill on a date 😂#FirstDates
— Ollie ⚽️🍻 (@ollie_olly_olly) November 18, 2020
I don’t see why the man has to be expected to pay the Bill #FirstDates – she doesn’t even know what his financial status is! I think Elaine was rude!
— maria gilroy #StayHomeSaveLives (@MariaGilroy) November 18, 2020
However, others thought Steve was being “tight” or said they thought the man should always pay, at least for the first date.
“Call me old fashioned but the guy should always pay on the first date #FirstDates,” said one.
“Tight git,” a second tweeted, adding: “I would pay half though. #FirstDates.”
“A gentleman always gets the first bill…” someone else said.
Call me old fashioned but the guy should always pay on the first date #FirstDates
— Ashley S (@Ashley_loves_CA) November 18, 2020
Tight git. I would pay half though. #FirstDates
— Miss Tamsin (@MissTamsin25) November 18, 2020
A gentleman always gets the first bill…..
— VW Van Man 🏴 🇬🇧 #All Lives Matter (@VWVanMan1) November 18, 2020
It follows last week’s episode, which saw viewers praise one contestant for giving her date a ‘going over’ after he brutally dumped.
Awkwardly, Emma had already been in a relationship with Peter prior to First Dates – and explained how he had ditched her by texting her the word ‘dumped’.
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