Article by Joanna Sarah-Freedman
We can all get a bit protective over our food, sometimes, can’t we?
But would you charge your partner if they ate your leftover takeaway after you left it in the fridge? That’s the debate raging on the internet ATM…
The debate was posed on Reddit, where one 24-year-old user explained her predicament.
She said her live-in boyfriend “stole” three slices of pizza from the fridge, and then laughed when she asked him to send her the money for it.
Granted, you should expect the cold shoulder and maybe even an argument if you dig into your other half’s takeaway box without asking, but an invoice? It looks like the jury is still out.
“If we buy anything that’s meant to be used by the two of us, then we also split the cost,” she explained in the post, adding that this was an agreement they made when they moved in together.
The woman added that her boyfriend worked a job that included late shifts, meaning she was often left to eat dinner by herself after her 9-5.
“I eat dinner alone every weekday, and so I ordered a pizza for myself last week,” she explained. “They don’t have individual pizzas, only regular sized ones, so I couldn’t finish all of it.”
Placing the rest in the fridge, she was surprised to find the slices were missing the next day.
“I waited until my boyfriend woke up and asked him if he ate it. He said he did so I asked him to pay me back for half of the pizza,” she went on. “He laughed because he thought I was joking, but I told him I was serious – I bought that for myself, he had no right to eat it.”
The pair then proceeded to have an argument, with the boyfriend branding her “selfish” for not sharing her food.
“It was 3 slices. Who cares. Jesus,” wrote one person in the comments.
Whilst another also backed the boyfriend, writing: “Oh my, are you in a relationship or are you in a business transaction… nickel and diming everything like this is just silly to me..”
“I understand you pay for your own food but it was leftovers,” said someone else. “Relationships shouldn’t be this transactional.”
There were others that supported the woman in asking for money, though.
“He knowingly violated y’all’s arrangement without discussion,” one chimed in, suggesting she’d been right to send him a bill.
“I currently live with my partner and we have a similar financial set up. If he ate my leftovers without asking I’d be pissed,” concurred someone else.
As another wrote: “He signed up to a system of shared groceries. He looked into the fridge and decided to eat the one thing that he didn’t contribute to. He’s the asshole here.”