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POLL: Carat Before the Horse?

Friday, April 24, 2009 - 12:00 AM

A reader writes... Q: I’ve been divorced for six months and recently began dating. Lately, I’ve gone out with an older man who is quite successful in business. We just had our third date (dinner) last weekend, and he gave me an expensive piece of jewelry. I was shocked. I tried to be gracious and thanked him, but it really made me feel uncomfortable. I am a woman of modest means, and I’ve never been that excited about jewelry or expensive clothes. I have this icky feeling he thinks I will be obligated to him if he buys me expensive things. He has spent quite a bit of money on our dates. Am I reading too much into this? Should I return the jewelry?
POLL: What should she do with the ring?
67% (787) Return it and tell her beau that she's not comfortable accepting it
4% (51) Keep it, but only wear it in his presence
8% (99) Keep it, but don't feel obligated until the jewelry gets *much* bigger
11% (133) Keep it, and throw the guy a bone every now and again.
7% (88) eBay.
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