Ms. A

by Sandra
(Clinton Township, MI)

Is it ever appropriate for someone you are dating to ask, joke about or suggest that you (his dating partner) buy him a gift and make the connection by saying, "I bought you dinner."?

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by: Ms P Etiquette

Hello Sandra~

There are so many levels of inappropriateness in your question that I do not know where to begin!

It is poor manners for either dating partner to ask the other to buy him/her a gift. It is appalling when it is insinuated this is the price you pay for this gallant lad's dinner date. If you felt this was his platform for asking the question, then give the whole relationship a second thought. Or just tell him how this upset you and see how he handles it. The short answer is no. It is never appropriate.

Take care and good luck.

Ms Practical Etiquette

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