Ask Single Mom Walking

Dear Single Mom Walking:
I met a guy I really like but he is a really bad tipper no matter what the circumstances. I’m really torn as to whether or not to stick with him.
Ten Percent Is Not the New Twenty
Dear Ten Percent Is Not The New Twenty:
I dated a guy like that, briefly, the key word here being “briefly.” The reason: I found out all too quickly that a man who is tight with his money tends to also be very selfish in other areas of his life, mainly bed and this man, was no different.
In fact, being with him reminded my of my preschool days since more often than not during our average “romp” I’d hear him utter the words, “okay, now my turn” more times than is normal, normal meaning never.
During one particular evening, I was very tempted to yell out, “What are you, three?!” but held my tongue as he’d promised that after I was done screwing him, he’d take me out for an ice cream.
At first, my friends convinced me that the guy probably wasn’t even aware of the problem. They suggested that being a good tipper was something I could teach him, which is the only reason why our relationship lasted as long as it did….three weeks, eight hours, four visits to Baskin Robbins and two pieces of chocolate fudge cake which he insisted we share, something which should have been a huge red flag to me.
We were at a coffee house and no sooner had the waiter put the plate down, when my date took his fork and began to divide the cake into two pieces. By the time he was done, not only had he given himself three quarters of the slice but a part of that three quarters included the side with all the frosting on it.
I was in shock. Hadn’t I told him that my relationship with cake was the longest relationship I’d ever had? Did I not tell him that there would always be a part of me that would put cake before him, especially German Chocolate and Seven Layer?
And yet there he was diving into the frosting like it was no big deal. It was as if suddenly all the air had been sucked out of the room and the all that remained was me and this man who will forever now be known as the cake hoarding orgasm withholder or Mr. CHOW for short.
Since then I have been very wary of any man who isn’t generous, period. Be it with money, sex, frosting, it doesn’t matter and quite frankly I’d say you should be too.
Good luck and don’t forget to bring you extra cash and your credit card. Chances are you’ll need it.
jessica bern 724 (1).JPGJessica Bern is a single mother to a 7yr old girl, a money sucking dog named Teddy and the ex wife of a man who left her for his mother. She writes at, where you she blogs all about it and where you can watch the Bernthis web series she created about a neurotic woman’s journey through her weekly visits to her therapist’s office. She also spends some of her time giving out sex/dating advice over at and has worked her vlogging magic with, Kodak and Seventh Generation.
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