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by Abigail Van Buren

Server Needs a Heads-Up for Separate Checks

DEAR ABBY: When dining out with a group, when is the proper time to ask for separate checks? Before ordering or after the dinner is over? -- BEFORE OR AFTER

DEAR B. OR A.: Because you are with a group, it would make more sense to inform your server before he or she starts taking your orders.

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