I met a client to go over a brief over lunch. They suggested it.
Fifteen minutes after our food arrived, they got a phone call and had to take off. Problem is (and I only figured this out shortly after) they didn’t pay for their meal. I had to cover it before leaving.
I texted them to let them know, thinking it was an honest mistake. Moments later I got a reply:
Client: With what I’m paying you, I think you can afford to buy me lunch!
At that point, I got paranoid that they whole reason they asked to meet for lunch was to do this. I’ve even started to suspect that the call that interrupted their meal was faked.
Two can play at this game, though. Their meal is getting stuffed into my invoice SOMEWHERE – with a massive tip.