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Offering to pay for lunch

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:30 pm

What is the etiquette for offering to pay for lunch in these circumstances:

1) As an SA? Especially on an official, organized SA lunch, it's obvious that you're not going to be paying for your meal. Is it improper/awkward to even offer?

2) What about as an SA if it is just you individually with another lawyer from the firm at a real informal lunch?

3) Lastly, I'm getting together next week with the father of a friend from HS who is the named partner at a relatively large firm (top 300 nationally). We were friendly in HS as I was over at his house a fair amount but I haven't seen him in years. When I reached out to him, he wants to go to this real exclusive club that is clearly out of my price range. Do I even offer? Or is that improper?

I can't imagine in any of these situations them expecting (or wanting) me to pay, but I don't want to be rude one way or the other.

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Re: Offering to pay for lunch

Postby Old Gregg » Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:32 pm

Don't offer to pay for an SA lunch. Believe me: we want to pay.

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Re: Offering to pay for lunch

Postby ran12 » Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:33 pm

There's some kind of write off for business expense for paying right.

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Re: Offering to pay for lunch

Postby Ludo! » Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:33 pm

I wouldn't offer in any of these situations. I've never seen any of the SAs in my class even pretend to offer to pay for an attorney lunch. Everybody knows what the deal is- they can usually expense it and, if not, they make a lot more than you

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Re: Offering to pay for lunch

Postby Old Gregg » Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:37 pm

We can certainly expense it. But that's a smaller reason for why we want to pay.

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Re: Offering to pay for lunch

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:40 pm

Fresh Prince wrote:We can certainly expense it. But that's a smaller reason for why we want to pay.

What's the bigger reason?

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Re: Offering to pay for lunch

Postby fatduck » Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:42 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Fresh Prince wrote:We can certainly expense it. But that's a smaller reason for why we want to pay.

What's the bigger reason?

to feel like a baller, obviously

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Re: Offering to pay for lunch

Postby Old Gregg » Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:43 pm

Think about it for a moment. Why are we content to run money through our credit cards that we won't be responsible for? What could possibly be a benefit of doing that?

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Re: Offering to pay for lunch

Postby Old Gregg » Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:44 pm

Hint #1:https://creditcards.chase.com/sapphire/credit-card-benefits/chase-sapphire-preferred-benefits

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Re: Offering to pay for lunch

Postby fatduck » Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:44 pm

Fresh Prince wrote:Think about it for a moment. Why are we content to run money through our credit cards that we won't be responsible for? What could possibly be a benefit of doing that?

oh, i know, to fill up your "buy 10 get 1 free" punch cards?

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Re: Offering to pay for lunch

Postby Old Gregg » Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:44 pm

fatduck wrote:
Fresh Prince wrote:Think about it for a moment. Why are we content to run money through our credit cards that we won't be responsible for? What could possibly be a benefit of doing that?

oh, i know, to fill up your "buy 10 get 1 free" punch cards?



See above.

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Re: Offering to pay for lunch

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:44 pm

Fresh Prince wrote:Think about it for a moment. Why are we content to run money through our credit cards that we won't be responsible for? What could possibly be a benefit of doing that?


Rewards points? For a $40 lunch, that'd be about $.40. Seems like a negligible benefit to me.

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Re: Offering to pay for lunch

Postby fatduck » Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:45 pm

Fresh Prince wrote:
fatduck wrote:
Fresh Prince wrote:Think about it for a moment. Why are we content to run money through our credit cards that we won't be responsible for? What could possibly be a benefit of doing that?

oh, i know, to fill up your "buy 10 get 1 free" punch cards?

See above.

see my previous 6950 posts.

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Re: Offering to pay for lunch

Postby Old Gregg » Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:47 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Fresh Prince wrote:Think about it for a moment. Why are we content to run money through our credit cards that we won't be responsible for? What could possibly be a benefit of doing that?


Rewards points? For a $40 lunch, that'd be about $.40. Seems like a negligible benefit to me.


You're not thinking big, friend. Supposed I rounded up two more associates and three more summers. Suppose we each charged $60. That's 60*7*2 = 840 points.

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Re: Offering to pay for lunch

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:47 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Fresh Prince wrote:Think about it for a moment. Why are we content to run money through our credit cards that we won't be responsible for? What could possibly be a benefit of doing that?


Rewards points? For a $40 lunch, that'd be about $.40. Seems like a negligible benefit to me.


Where do you pay forty bucks for an sa lunch. Ours are usually 300 or so for a group of 5. At 5 percent which is what amex gives that's 15 bucks for a free lunch

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Re: Offering to pay for lunch

Postby Old Gregg » Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:48 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Fresh Prince wrote:Think about it for a moment. Why are we content to run money through our credit cards that we won't be responsible for? What could possibly be a benefit of doing that?


Rewards points? For a $40 lunch, that'd be about $.40. Seems like a negligible benefit to me.


Where do you pay forty bucks for an sa lunch. Ours are usually 300 or so for a group of 5. At 5 percent which is what amex gives that's 15 bucks for a free lunch


Points are better than cash back IMO, but you get my gist,

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Re: Offering to pay for lunch

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:52 pm

the associates fight for the check at the dinners. 1000= a lot of points, not to mention a good meal

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Re: Offering to pay for lunch

Postby chipchip » Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:07 am

Only when you take your secretary out to lunch.

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Re: Offering to pay for lunch

Postby Broseidon » Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:22 am

If this was business, I can see employees insisting on paying for the meal. Quite often when my dad takes employees out to lunch, they take care of it before the bill even arrives. I get why the do it, but he has even said that it doesn't really impress him; doing good work and making the company money impresses him.

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Re: Offering to pay for lunch

Postby concurrent fork » Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:52 am

Broseidon wrote:If this was business, I can see employees insisting on paying for the meal. Quite often when my dad takes employees out to lunch, they take care of it before the bill even arrives. I get why the do it, but he has even said that it doesn't really impress him; doing good work and making the company money impresses him.

Cool.

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Re: Offering to pay for lunch

Postby Broseidon » Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:59 am

concurrent fork wrote:
Broseidon wrote:If this was business, I can see employees insisting on paying for the meal. Quite often when my dad takes employees out to lunch, they take care of it before the bill even arrives. I get why the do it, but he has even said that it doesn't really impress him; doing good work and making the company money impresses him.

Cool.

story, bro. The meme's not funny anymore. I just was offering an anecdote to counteract the sarcasm of the above posts.

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Re: Offering to pay for lunch

Postby interalia504 » Mon Jun 25, 2012 12:12 pm

I had a similar question, except with golf. My partners have taken me golfing a couple times for outings and such. Do I offer to pay?




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