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As Brits flock back to restaurants to enjoy meals out after more than a year of Covid restrictions, the thorny issue of how split the bill returns.

Some diners are happy to go Dutch and divide the cost equally regardless of what they ate, while others want each person to pay for their individual order.

One man has been called out for taking the latter too far – by charging his pal for "a couple" of chips eaten off his plate.

The baffled friend Peter Pierdinock shared the pair's text exchange on TikTok where it has since raked in 3.1 million views and 400,000 comments.

The man, named only as Alex, wrote: "Hey!! I’m dividing up the dinner bill [right now]. You had some of my fries right??? lol."

“Haha, I think I had a couple. Why?” Peter said.

“OK cool, no worries. I’ll just add 47 cents to your Venmo charge? If that’s cool,” came the reply. “So $23.83 total. Your meal + tip + part of my meal that you ate.”

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Peter noted in the clip: "Friends of friends get wayyy too bold with Venmo charges." Venmo is a payment app used in the US.

He later clarified in the comments section that he had eaten three fries maximum and only after being offered.

Social media users have ridiculed the man for his apparent stinginess, branding him "petty" and a "bad friend".

“People like this don’t even realise how much of a joke they are. Get real,” one wrote.

“Charge Alex three cents for using your data for that message,” joked another.

Peter says he had three chips at most
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“Forty-seven cents is not a bad price to find out what a bad friend Alex is,” said a third.

“Oh, didn’t you have a sip of my water too? That’s another 32 cents,” wrote a fourth.

Others shared their own stories of tight-fisted friends and colleagues taking the rule of paying for everything you eat a bit too literally.

The TikTok user told viewers he was unimpressed by the "bold" move

One person commented: "My old roommate charged me $10 for one slice of pizza once. She put it on the lease agreement".

“I’ve had a close friend do this to me because I ate the two slices of bacon she didn’t want,” one said.

“My mom’s family does this when they’ve invited you over for a meal. And it’s the adult children who send the requests not my aunts and uncles,” another added.