The Schnorrer becomes the Schnorree
Just wanted to share this story to get some insights. One of my good friend who lives out in San Diego came to NYC on a business trip. When he told me that he was coming here, he asked if we could meet up. To which I thought……yes, a free dinner. I know how business trips and expense accounts work; you get to use the company card.
My friend tells me he is in the mood for steak and tells me to meet him at Smith & Wollensky, a very high end eatery. I was jumping up and down in excitement……I’m gonna get a $75 dinner. The waiter comes and my friend gets the porterhouse, 2 sides, and wine. I do the same, not wanting to insult my friend from out of town. We even get a dessert afterward…some NYC cheesecake.
The bill comes and my friend puts down his corporate card as expected, and I gesture to pay my half, similar to what woman do on dates – you don’t really mean it. He doesn’t respond, so I take out my wallet, and he sees I have some 20′s there, so he points for me to take out 4 of them. He takes the $80′s and immediately puts them in his pocket and pays for the whole meal on his company account.
It all happened so quickly, and I didn’t have time to argue after it happened, I just wanted to leave.
Schnorrer, is this worth fighting over?
As the expression goes, it takes one to know one. Your friend clearly outschnorred you. Since you are now friends, I suggest taking your next family vacation in San Diego at your schnorrers house. And don’t be shy about eating from his fridge. This is what we call the counterschnorr.