Alligator Arms Defined Cartoon

Alligator Arms Cartoon by Bearman CartoonsThe phrase “Alligator Arms” (or Dinosaur Arms) is one my friends and I have used for years to describe our other cheap friends.   Seems Urban Dictionary has the same idea.  Everyone know this person.  Either they fail to ever pick up the check when you go out or when it is their turn to buy a round of drinks, suddenly they are in the bathroom (or have already went home).   Worse was a coworker I once had who would look at the check and figure out exactly how much he owed to the penny and put in exactly 15% for the tip.   What he always failed to do was consider that his meal was taxed and the rest of us would always have to pick up his shortcomings.  I learned to ask for separate checks after a while.

So any of you know some Alligator Arms?  Are you one?  Might do more of these cartoons so any suggestions (try to keep them clean) on other phrases you know or came across on Urban Dictionary?


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  1. George Ford says:

    I guess if I don’t know anyone like that, then I must be the guy, huh? 🙂

  2. Tony McGurk says:

    That’s the 1st time I’ve heard that expression. I must keep it in mind.

  3. Comedy Plus says:

    I know more than one. They never reach for their wallets. Ever. We are not one of those. We are the giving kind that generally always have our wallet open. We don’t hang around with the alligator arms anymore either. Somehow we got rid of them.

    Have a fabulous day. 🙂

  4. benzeknees says:

    Not having a lot of friends, I don’t personally know anyone who has alligator or dinosaur arms. I think it’s something that happens when you first meet someone new, there is this unspoken negotiation about how these types of things will be handled. In my group, it was always “I’ll put in $20 because I had an extra drink, so I think $15 from all the rest of you will cover the tax & tips.” The server always made out well because if it looked like the tip was going to be the least bit short, I would slide some extra cash under my plate unobtrusively.

  5. Bill Murphy says:

    I’m not an Alligator Arm guy. But I’m the stinker that calls the party short so that we all make our trains home. No night of partying is worth sleeping in a NYC Train Terminal.

  6. Cuz I'm Joe says:

    I always called them T-Rex friends.

  7. David Hurley says:

    Let me buy you a Martini, bearman.

  8. Binky says:

    Just because I eat all your chocolate and have short arms. . .

  9. Nate Fakes says:

    I know a few of these…..

  10. I don’t mind those ones nearly as much as a group of people who sit around arguing over who is going to pay for ten or fifteen minutes. I just don’t have patience for that and end up letting anyone pay the check as long as they just pay the goddamned check so we can leave.

  11. G.B. Miller says:

    I am ashamed to admit that while in my teenage/early 20’s I could be legitimately called “alligator arms”.

    However nowadays, I am more than willing to pay my fair share (and them some). I do have a friend who is like that, sort of, in that he will pick up the check every once in a great while, but will ask you to pay him back.

    Sad if you really think about it.

  12. lisleman says:

    A few weeks ago I had a discussion with my wife about the problem of splitting the check/bill. Comparing her and my experiences I concluded that women have a bigger problem with it. However, it could be that most of my experiences were with other engineering types so that might be a bigger factor than gender.

  13. Andro says:

    Yes I have known quite a few of those over the years…
    Separate cheques are definitely called for, well either
    that or a boot up the asshole 🙁 Grrrrrr

    Nice work Bearman

  14. Since I’m busy stalking my kids & their friends on social media these days, I rely heavily on the Urban Dictionary. I’d be lost without it. “Rachet” was my most recent search word.
    I’ve never heard the word “alligator arms,” but I’ve known a bunch of them. I’m adding it to vocabulary today.
    Cute alligator. He’s not ratchet. 😉

  15. Mark Stokes says:

    Short on arms, short on cash! Great job on the art, Bearman!

  16. jynksie says:

    I have fat mans pants! Where I wear them 2 sizes to tight and 10 years to young and am unable to extract wallet from pocket when seated, or standing, or at a 45 degree angle. I can’t breathe… [gasp]

  17. frigginloon says:

    We have a good friend like that. It has become somewhat of a game at restaurants because he won’t move when the bill comes… so neither do we. We have been known to sit for hours just waiting…. He brings his own wine and refuses to pay half if another bottle is ordered later. Oh the humanity. I think Croc Arms is more appropiate for him 😉

  18. Dave says:

    Your friend who forgot about the tax, he wasn’t from Germany was he? Tax is already figured into everything. I think us Americans should do that also. It would make calculating purchase price so much easier.

  19. Andro says:

    I just hope it’s not catching 🙁 lol
    Have a great Thursday Bearman


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