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Posted: 10/11/2005 11:44:14 AM EDT
This question was spawned from another thread.
Where did the whole concept of giving someone a discount just because they are old ??
Why not a discount because you're young, or disabled, or black or jewish etc...etc...
And it's not just the discount, it's the mentality thet they DESERVE that discount !!
I've never seen an old asshole as mad as when I didn't give them their 10% discount, which amounted to less than a dollar, that they thought they DESERVED !!

Link Posted: 10/11/2005 11:45:43 AM EDT
The words "Fixed income" might have something to do with it.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 11:48:12 AM EDT
Because old people don't eat as much at the Old Country Buffet as I would.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 11:49:18 AM EDT
When your house and cars are paid for, you're sitting in $600K in equity, collecting a pension and social security every little bit helps?
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 11:49:41 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/11/2005 11:50:31 AM EDT by fight4yourrights]

Originally Posted By macman37:


The words "Fixed income" might have something to do with it.




WHO ISN"T?


Who can ask their boss for more money if their monthly expenses are running high?

I'm on a "fixed" income.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 11:51:50 AM EDT
Running out of things to complain about?
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 11:52:22 AM EDT
I think it's 15% off depends
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 11:53:18 AM EDT
I hate old people also. They smell, cant drive, and have special needs.

"My fingers hurt"

"Well now your backs going to hurt becuase you just pulled landscaping duty"
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 11:53:26 AM EDT

Originally Posted By macman37:
The words "Fixed income" might have something to do with it.



99.999999% of the greedy geezers I deal with are not on a fixed income. Like the ones who just bought a $35,000 car and want 10% off on an oil filter, a whole 70 cents.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 11:55:52 AM EDT
I think they are entitled toa discount. Yes, they are ona fixed income. You as a working aged person can up and change jobs if you think your current job doesn't give you enough. The elderly have fewer options to augment their income.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 11:56:38 AM EDT


Maybe this phrase:

"Respect your elders."

Link Posted: 10/11/2005 11:57:21 AM EDT
those people who are old and not on a fixed income do something modern people don't. SAVE AND INVEST!

If you were smart you would be doing it as well. If you do not save on high interest accounts now invest your money do not complain about them having more money because they worked hard for it.

On top of that business give a senior discount to do two things. One it is polite and curtious to older americans unlike some of the responses in here and it gives the old people an incentive to come out, and do things since they usually only do it on sales and watch they're money better then younger people. Also the 15% or whatever the store still makes a profit so it's a win win situation.

Why is it that only americans don't give respect to they're elders and shove them into homes and call them incompetent. They worked hard for 60+ years and people complain because someone wants to give them 15% off they're meal
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 11:57:33 AM EDT

Originally Posted By mjohn3006:
Because old people don't eat as much at the Old Country Buffet as I would.



You mean the country kitchen buffet, right?

Link Posted: 10/11/2005 12:01:01 PM EDT

Originally Posted By DrMark:

Maybe this phrase:

"Respect your elders."


no fucking shit. a forgotten concept nowadays.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 12:02:13 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SPECTRE:

Originally Posted By macman37:
The words "Fixed income" might have something to do with it.



99.999999% of the greedy geezers I deal with are not on a fixed income. Like the ones who just bought a $35,000 car and want 10% off on an oil filter, a whole 70 cents.



OK

I can tell you from experience that old people and rich people are the toughest ones to get a dime from.

I used to work at a parking lot while in high school, it was twenty cents per hour to park in the lot up to like 6 hours, then it went to $2 or something. I can't tell you how many freakin' LOADED rich - many old - people would come through in their Benzes with their fur coats on and some ridiculously huge jewels on that would get super pissed at me when I would tell them they owed twenty cents.

The lesson I learned was that the rich don't get (and stay) rich by giving their money away.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 12:03:05 PM EDT

Originally Posted By stretch415:
I hate old people also. They smell, cant drive, and have special needs.

"My fingers hurt"

"Well now your backs going to hurt becuase you just pulled landscaping duty"

Link Posted: 10/11/2005 12:04:39 PM EDT
no one does. And almost every rich person didn't get that way be being born rich or wealthy. They drive somewhere they will gladly park they're car themself. If you offer do it for free because they would be just fine doing it themselves.

Just because the US is turning into a service country doesn't mean the elders that helped build it are sinking with it.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 12:07:03 PM EDT

Originally Posted By fight4yourrights:

Originally Posted By macman37:


The words "Fixed income" might have something to do with it.




WHO ISN"T?


Who can ask their boss for more money if their monthly expenses are running high?

I'm on a "fixed" income.



LOL I once used the term "Fixed income" once to a friend and he said "If theirs is fixed, then mine is broken..."

Chances are retirees are on a much smaller income than you or I and it's doubtful they're going to be up for a raise anytime soon. A senior discount is a good way to get people in to your restaurant or whatever at any time. It helps keep the seats filled. And with all the Boomers retiring now and soon, it's a very powerful base of people to be friendly with. If I had a business (depending on the nature of the business of course) I'd offer some kind of senior discount. Why not?

For the rest, why not offer a discount to old people on a "Respect your elders" basis?
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 4:18:05 PM EDT

Originally Posted By hardcorps1775:

Originally Posted By DrMark:

Maybe this phrase:

"Respect your elders."


no fucking shit. a forgotten concept nowadays.



So we show our respect to them by giving them a 10% discount ?
Sounds good to me, next time at grammas birthday I'll just give her a 10% off coupon and say hey nana, I really respect you !!
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 4:22:35 PM EDT
Entitlement mentality. It's not just old people.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 4:24:26 PM EDT
Helps drum up business. Like how bars have "women's night out" events.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 4:28:55 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/11/2005 4:30:45 PM EDT by The_Macallan]

You forgot about how cities are allowed to set aside an entire sprawling COMMUNITY just for people over 55 to live in - no one under 55 is allowed to live in that portion of the city.


Link Posted: 10/11/2005 4:32:13 PM EDT
I'll let you know in about 15 years what it means.

Danny
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 4:34:28 PM EDT
<Abe Simpson> I'm old. Gimme gimme gimme! </Abe Simpson>

I have no beef with the Senior Citizens' Discount. Frankly, I think the same discount should apply to honorably-discharged veterans, too.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 4:37:31 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 4:42:42 PM EDT
Yep, from what I have seen on this board, when we hit 60 we should be taken out and shot.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 4:45:42 PM EDT
My grandpa is big on getting his senior discount! He is sitting on about 1.1million in equity and driving a new buick. He also thinks ALL his medicals needs should be FREE.

Matt
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 4:45:51 PM EDT

Originally Posted By mjohn3006:
Because old people don't eat as much at the Old Country Buffet as I would.



+1 They have good food, btw.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 4:48:19 PM EDT
Considering that the AARP has turned into a liberal gun banning bastion of geezers I see no need to give ANYONE a discount based on age. If I gave a discount to teens based on their low income the oldsters would pee in their depends, all the while screaming age discrimination. I would much rather give discounts based on their loyalty as a customer and not on age. Besides, the senior citizen has the most wealth per capita then any other group. Why should they get a discount? Come to think of it, why should they get free rascals because they are fat blobs, and free viagra because they want to be frisky? It isn't worth 10 bucks every so often without taking it from some taxpayer? These are the same people who scream about having to pay taxes for schools when they have no kids at home anymore, always forgetting that the seniors before them paid THEIR school taxes without bitching all the time. And they did not have winter homes in Fla, L.V., and the like. My best friends dad complains everytime he does not get a discount, BUT he drives a 40K+ Caddy and has plenty of money for guns, and toys. He does not need a discount. I personally think SS discounts are Un-American, as they are all about discrimination based on nothing more then a psyical trait.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 4:48:30 PM EDT
I hope to use my discount to get all the bubble-head bitches I can.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 4:52:14 PM EDT

Originally Posted By fxntime:
Considering that the AARP has turned into a liberal gun banning bastion of geezers I see no need to give ANYONE a discount based on age.



Just because AARP is fucked doesn't mean that old us "geezers" are the same. I rescinded my membership when I found out about their gun-grabbing and told them why.

It used to be that even us "selfish ass baby boomers" respected our elders and had no problem with helping them out. This is just selfish bullshit.

I guess the fact that we worked all our lives and quite a few of us served our country just doesn't mean anything anymore.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 4:58:33 PM EDT
I was prematurly gray. I had white hair from my mid forties.

One day, when I was about 51 years old, I went into a Mc Donalds and ordered a coffee.

An old lady behind the counter saw me and told the young girl that was waiting on me, "Honey, let me show you how to do a Senior Discount."

I started to be offended, but just decided to get the 43 cent coffee.

Like many things, it only hurts the first time.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 5:00:10 PM EDT
I once saw a guy who looked like he was at least 80 looking at gay pornagraphy magazines in a Borders bookstore
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 5:05:06 PM EDT

Originally Posted By LARRYG:

Originally Posted By fxntime:
Considering that the AARP has turned into a liberal gun banning bastion of geezers I see no need to give ANYONE a discount based on age.



Just because AARP is fucked doesn't mean that old us "geezers" are the same. I rescinded my membership when I found out about their gun-grabbing and told them why.

It used to be that even us "selfish ass baby boomers" respected our elders and had no problem with helping them out. This is just selfish bullshit.

I guess the fact that we worked all our lives and quite a few of us served our country just doesn't mean anything anymore.



I served also. I also do tons of stuff for seniors, we basically adopted the L.O.L across the street until she passed away. I have NOTHING against SS and am getting close to AARP age myself. I won't join either. However, the second seniors thought they were somehow more special then everyone else, it all went to hell. Being a senior in and of itself means nothing if you [not meaning you BTW] are an ass. And the Seniors today are raping the system systematically to the core. We as a country have already stolen everything paul owns to pay peter and make his lil peter stiff. I seriously doubt there will be anything close to SS when I retire because it is being tossed around like confetti today. Social security NEVER meant free drugs and every thing it has blossemed into today. It meant that one had something if they had nothing at the end part of their lives.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 6:39:57 PM EDT

Originally Posted By The_Macallan:
You forgot about how cities are allowed to set aside an entire sprawling COMMUNITY just for people over 55 to live in - no one under 55 is allowed to live in that portion of the city.






Leisure Seizure World!


Link Posted: 10/11/2005 6:45:35 PM EDT
5 and under eat free

they don't eat much


6-12 kids menu

Cheaper than adult again they don't eat much


teens and adults regular menu.

They have jobs or eat alot


seniors discount

They don't eat as much and might be on fixed income. Can be passed off as a sign of respect but it isn't.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 6:52:38 PM EDT


They don't eat as much and might be on fixed income. Can be passed off as a sign of respect but it isn't.

Excuse me, seniors are not small eaters until they get up around their 70s. 55-65 350 pounder women are pretty common around here. I don't think they eat small amounts.

Also, it's NOT that they get discounts, it's that I pay more to make up that discount. For every action there is a equal reaction.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 7:55:53 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/11/2005 7:57:36 PM EDT by DrMark]

Originally Posted By fxntime:
55-65 350 pounder women are pretty common around here. I don't think they eat small amounts.

For every action there is a equal reaction.



I don't wanna be around for the "equal reaction" after a 350 lb woman eats a large amount.



Link Posted: 10/11/2005 9:02:37 PM EDT

Originally Posted By fxntime:

They don't eat as much and might be on fixed income. Can be passed off as a sign of respect but it isn't.

Excuse me, seniors are not small eaters until they get up around their 70s. 55-65 350 pounder women are pretty common around here. I don't think they eat small amounts.

Also, it's NOT that they get discounts, it's that I pay more to make up that discount. For every action there is a equal reaction.



I guess your senior disscount is set lower then The one's I've seen. Most I've seen don't start till 65 or 70. if your less than 65 you pay full price.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 9:58:47 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/12/2005 5:38:25 AM EDT by eye_spy]
[Edited]

I honestly cannot understand why some find something like this appalling when the same is not immoral, illegal and it serves to benefit their own parents and themselves when the time comes.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 11:51:58 PM EDT

Originally Posted By eye_spy:
I belive whole concept of the "Senior Discount" is premised on the fact that these people have "paid their due". They have worked the best part of their lives and paid their taxes to the government. Now in the twilight of their years, it is the "turn" of the government to provide for them.

Hence the laws on "Senior Discounts".

You will learn to appreciate the law, when you reach THAT age.

I honestly cannot understand why some find something like this appalling when the same is not immoral, illegal and it serves to benefit their own parents and themselves when the time comes.




WTF are you talking about?
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 11:57:28 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/12/2005 12:05:41 AM EDT by Mauser101]

Originally Posted By SPECTRE:

Why not a discount because you're young,...



Student Discount with highschool/college id. Very common as well.

Both are just a way to make some money at a marginally less profitable rate.

EDIT: My father makes a killing on the discounts when we go skiing. I always get him to buy my lift tickets. -10% for senior citizen (not a senior ticket, just off the top at the register) and another -15% usually for active duty/retired .mil Good stuff.
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 12:07:21 AM EDT
It's all about business. Take the movies; retiries and students generally have fexible hours compared to 9-5 folks, and a way to draw more people to the theatres during off hours is to offer discounts, similar to the twilight show. Just another market to cater to.


I've never seen an old asshole as mad as when I didn't give them their 10% discount, which amounted to less than a dollar, that they thought they DESERVED !!


Apparently the business you work for does offer a senior discount as part of their business practice so they DID deserve it.

Cheers
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 12:10:01 AM EDT

Originally Posted By SPECTRE:
This question was spawned from another thread.
Where did the whole concept of giving someone a discount just because they are old ??
Why not a discount because you're young, or disabled, or black or jewish etc...etc...
And it's not just the discount, it's the mentality thet they DESERVE that discount !!
I've never seen an old asshole as mad as when I didn't give them their 10% discount, which amounted to less than a dollar, that they thought they DESERVED !!




What if I was a yound black jeweingsh senior isn high skcool? Would that uailfy me for all of those?
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 12:14:41 AM EDT

Originally Posted By SPECTRE:

Originally Posted By macman37:
The words "Fixed income" might have something to do with it.



99.999999% of the greedy geezers I deal with are not on a fixed income. Like the ones who just bought a $35,000 car and want 10% off on an oil filter, a whole 70 cents.




Because they learned a long time ago that to buy $35K cars you need to be watching those $0.70 savings?
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 12:23:29 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/12/2005 2:11:32 AM EDT by Hoppy]

Originally Posted By Aimless:

Originally Posted By Minuteman419:
I'll let you know in about 15 years what it means.

Danny



I'll be getting my AARP card a lot sooner than that.




Got one. I use it for the SENIOR DISCOUNTS at motels when I'm riding across country. saves me almost 50% on some of them.

I actually don't even need the card. I've never had some youngster at the desk ask to see it when I request the SENIOR DISCOUNT rate. Must have something to do with all this grey hair.
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 12:23:48 AM EDT
Many of them are on a limited budget. The discount works as bait. The rich ones are far outnumbered by the ones who spend the last week of the month eating spam and ramen noodles.

Besides, it's not your money.
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 2:17:01 AM EDT
Fixed income?

One more time.....Fixed Income?

I love hearing that phrase.

Awwww...Thier old and on a fixed income.....

Well, my income's NOT fixed. Not fixed at all. So not fixed that it went down by 17% so far this year.

I really don't have a problem with any breaks a senior gets, I've just spent a week w/my in laws. Talk about entitlement mentality. Ugh.
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 3:03:34 AM EDT
The infamous Gimme Gimme Generation (also known as the "Baby Boomers"). A complete and utter embarassment in many respects to their parents. (Yes, we all know that not ALL are like that *just most*...)

I love how they have managed to manipulate our democracy in order to vote them money (SS, drug benefit, medicare, etc.) The discounts are store/restaurant owner policies but they are created by the general entitlement society we live in. After thoroughly raping younger Americans and living off other people's wages, the "seniors" now feel that it is their right to even more benefits. Restaurants lose too many customers by denying these old geezers their nickel off or whatever the fuck it is.

The world would be better off with the entitlement-minded people shot, stabbed, bludgeoned, or generally made dead
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 3:14:19 AM EDT

Originally Posted By napalm:

Originally Posted By eye_spy:
I belive whole concept of the "Senior Discount" is premised on the fact that these people have "paid their due". They have worked the best part of their lives and paid their taxes to the government. Now in the twilight of their years, it is the "turn" of the government to provide for them.

Hence the laws on "Senior Discounts".

You will learn to appreciate the law, when you reach THAT age.

I honestly cannot understand why some find something like this appalling when the same is not immoral, illegal and it serves to benefit their own parents and themselves when the time comes.




WTF are you talking about?



Precisly What Laws?

All discounts I've seen have been entirly voluntary.
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 3:15:51 AM EDT
I dont care who or what it is, I get a little offended when anyone offers discounts to anyone else.

What it tells me is they can offer their product for that price and still make a profit, but instead they are trying to gouge me.

No better way to say, "CavVet, dont spend anymore of your money here" than to offer X company a discount.

As for the Seniors, no biggie, hopefully I will be blessed to live long enough to be mistaken like Dr Frige collect them.

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