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You durn kids, get offa mah lawn!

Remember in my last post, the snarky comment about getting senior discounts in a family restaurant if you remembered that song? It wasn't really meant to be snarky.

I was out with my mom Saturday night for dinner at one of a local chain of family restaurants. When finished, Mom paid first, and got her discount, and then I paid ... and got my discount.

Buh...? I was forty-nine years, four months, two weeks, and five days old that day. It doesn't even round up to 50. The cashier didn't ask my age or anything. I don't know what their minimum age for senior discounts is. I doubt it's, say, 45.

I probably should've said something, so I could pay my fair share (I have done this in stores before when they undercharged...why, yes, I am that much of a boy scout), but I decided to take the money and run. I actually didn't know what to do. Mom, of course, giggled like a girl.

I guess I don't have to fear turning fifty. It appears that it's going to be a very gradual process that has started already.


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Aug. 15th, 2011 07:57 pm (UTC)
AARP sent me a membership kit when I turned 31.
Aug. 15th, 2011 08:33 pm (UTC)
Now that's really rushing things.
Aug. 15th, 2011 09:18 pm (UTC)
My sister and I were in Sacramento one day and stopped in to a Burger King. After ordering we were asked would you like your senior discount? We looked at each other and turned back to the young lady and said, of course we would. We at the time were 30 and 32.
Aug. 15th, 2011 10:37 pm (UTC)
Re: ....
Um... maybe at Burger King if you're over 25 you're considered old? Otherwise, I don't really know what she was thinking. But hey, cheap food isn't all bad, after all.
Aug. 17th, 2011 11:29 pm (UTC)
My mate was getting asked about senior discounts long before he even turned 50, but it was because he lost a lot of hair on top after 40. Now that I'm actually old enough to qualify at some places but not others, I'm still surprised when they give it to me without asking.
Aug. 18th, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
I wonder what the protocol is. Is one supposed to say "I'm OLD, dammit! Gimme my discount!" Or does one communicate that through nonverbal cues, such as growing a big gray beard? (Oops, did that already.)
Aug. 18th, 2011 07:34 pm (UTC)
Dunno about protocol, but if you are eligible I'd say ask for it. Some places start as soon as you are eligible for AARP (that's 55 I think) while others set the age to 60 or 65.

For the most part all I've done is order off the "senior" menu if it looked good. No one has questioned me or asked for ID. I guess gray hair and bifocals are good enough. ;p
Aug. 18th, 2011 08:11 pm (UTC)
The funny thing about this restaurant is, it doesn't have a senior menu. It really should, because it gets pretty significant trade from seniors, and the portions are so large my mom often takes half the dinner home. But it does have the discount, so that's something. Don't know what their criterion is.
Aug. 18th, 2011 08:46 pm (UTC)
And even odder, recently we took Gary's mom to IHOP for breakfast. She ordered from the senior menu, we did not. When I went to pay, the manager was at the register and applied a senior discount to the entire check on top of the regular price that included one senior menu choice.

It's all pretty erratic. But with the economy headed down the sewer as it seems to be, I'll take whatever I can get. After all, that's what all the rich bankers and CEOs are doing, not to mention all the crooks we call politicians.
Aug. 18th, 2011 10:07 pm (UTC)
I love how IHOP discounted your mom's discounted meal. :) I should go there more often, apparently. With my mom.

The media is beginning to say "double-dip recession" a lot, as if there weren't a lot of people for whom the first dip isn't over. I guess I'm with you there, though I'll note that we tipped based on the pre-discount price; the wait staff deserved what they should get, since they're in the same boat as us.
Aug. 18th, 2011 10:37 pm (UTC)
Absolutely correct. In fact, we tend to overtip anyway unless the service really was bad.

All the talk about "double dip" and in fact the insistence that this is "only" a "recession" applies solely to the wealthy who invest large sums in the stock market. For the rest of us, it is a full-blown depression. In many respects it is already as bad as the '30s were. The public talk about "recession" is a lie to try to keep people believing in the economy. Worse, it is heavily propagated by the Wall Street gurus who earn money by getting you to risk your own money in the ridiculous gambling casino that the markets have become. They are no better than carnival barkers, and nothing they say is to be believed at this point. The same is true of the Federal Reserve, a bunch of idea-bankrupt old men who can think of nothing else to do than to keep using the same tired tactics they've been trying for 30 years now, and with no success to speak of.

Paul B. Farrell, among others, who writes for Marketwatch, points out that already the top 0.5% of the income scale earn more than all of the bottom 50% added together. And that gulf is widening continuously. The policies pushed by the Federal Reserve and the GOP only support that status quo, and do nothing for the rest of us. Obama promised change but has brought us nothing. No leadership, no improvement, no change at all. It's business as usual in Washington: grind the poor to feed the rich pigs.

All of us are headed into that hopper except for perhaps the top 10% of the income levels. And that group stands to profit handsomely as well as acquiring thousands of helpless serfs. I've said before that Reaganomics is sending us back to the laissez faire of the 18th century, but more and more it is looking like the 15th century to me.

Even Warren Buffett says the US needs to increase taxes on the wealthy. But Congress hasn't got the guts to do it. Farrell predicts that the bloody revolutions of the middle east and the riots of London are only a very few years away here, and perhaps as close as a few months depending on how things go.
Aug. 19th, 2011 08:54 pm (UTC)
You're eligible for AARP when you turn 50. Most of my friends are over 50 and enjoying the fabulous discounts at hotels, some chain restaurants, and other services. :)
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