Who pays on the first date is like hella easy when you just follow this simple rule. And trust me this will be the rule whenever you ask people out. Whoever asked the other out pays. Period.
Saying “the man” or “the woman” really excludes a whole lot of dating scenarios and plus is totally unfair. I mean, I would say no to any date that I was expected to pay for these days (if I was single) simply because I am broke as shit. How rude to ask someone to go somewhere with you and then surprise them by making them pay for themselves!
They could have stayed home and saved that money. Don’t ask anyone out unless you’ve got the money for it.