When was the last time someone in your party asked for a separate restaurant check? Well, it's still done every day, but it's a pain for the servers, and some restaurants won't do it at all. Splitting the check by each person handing over his or her credit card is much more common now, but be warned that some eateries don't like to do this either, and some have a rule against it, especially if several cards are involved. Here is a guide to dealing with the sticky situations that can arise when dining out with others.
• If you must have separate checks, tell your waitperson before the order is placed.