Internet divided over man asking Tinder date to transfer him back money 'owed'

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The woman captioned the post "the audacity", but her date said he thought it was "only fair". Photo credit: Getty.

Anyone currently dating on Tinder can tell you it's an absolute minefield - but one US woman's story of being asked to refund her date may just take the cake. 

Wisconsin woman Alex Colboth has divided the internet with a screenshot of a message she got from a guy she was seeing from the dating app, telling her it was "only fair" for her to cough up half the money he had spent on their three dates. 

The text starts off friendly enough before he asks Colboth for her Venmo account - a US-based banking app. 

"The reason I ask is because since you and I won't be seeing each other anymore it's only fair to ask for equal payment from you from the dates we went on," the man wrote.

"I believe it was three separate times we went out bars/restaurants where I paid for us both each time.

"I'd say $35 is more than fair for your food and drinks that I got you during those dates."

Colboth posted the screenshot on Twitter earlier this week with the caption: "It's the audacity for me". 

The post quickly went viral, racking up over 180,000 likes - but opinion was split in the replies over whether the request was as audacious as Colboth thought. 

"I can't see myself being this petty but what is the issue, he's clearly broke and isn't getting any value from you," one person wrote. 

"You all want men to delete nudes after y'all break up... but [you] don't wanna send half the money back. I personally think this is a wonderful idea! Pay that man!" another agreed. 

But others pointed out that offering to pay should never be "conditional" on what you get out of a date. 

"Don't say you're going to pay for something and then say [never mind] after the fact. He made the decision to pay for their dates. If he wanted to split he should've said that prior, "pointed out one commenter. 

"Him asking for the dates to be split evenly isn't the issue here," another agreed. 

"It's that he waited until AFTER he knew things wouldn't continue to ask. So he wasn't paying to be nice in the first place, he was paying with the expectation of some reward (sex, companionship, etc) which is weird."

Colboth didn't reveal whether she sent him her Venmo number or not - but we're guessing that her date was probably left on read.