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Old 09-12-17, 05:03 PM   #1
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Good news, Bad news.

The local supermarket just instituted a 5% senior discount a few days ago.

The bad news is that the checker keyed it in without bothering to ask. That was really nice of her, but now I feel older.
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Yeah, that's happened to me too, unfortunately even before I'm officially eligible!
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yeah, that's happened to me too, unfortunately even before i'm officially eligible!
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I've had quite a few people put in a discount before asking... White beard? Young kids that think anybody over 30 is a senior citizen?
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Payback for every time you bought beer as a teen and didn't get carded!
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My wife and I went to a movie recently. It was less than I expected and I thought it must still be matinee prices. Nope. Two senior discounts.
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I've reached the point where if they do ask I take it as a compliment.
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The local supermarket just instituted a 5% senior discount a few days ago.

The bad news is that the checker keyed it in without bothering to ask. That was really nice of her, but now I feel older.
Lol. When I was 12 I went out to eat with my parents. They made me eat from the kids menu because what I had wanted was also on the kids meal. I was embarrassed because it said on the kids menu 10 and under only.

The bill came and my dad noticed the price for his and my moms meal was discounted also. He called the waiter over to ask why. The waiter said "Today is grandparents day, and grandparents get a discount if they bring their grandkids in"

I heehawed all the way home.
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My beard turned white when I was in my 40s. Due to my current advanced age and CRS, I can't remember if I ever took advantage of the many discounts that were offered. It's a little awkward telling someone they've misjudged your age.
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I have had a number of people refer to me as "grandpa" when asking about my youngest daughter.
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Exactly!
I grew up in New York when the drinking age was still 18, and nobody really cared all that much. If you sort of looked like you might be 18, that was good enough in most places.

It was a shock for me the first time I was in California, and was asked to prove I was 21. I had no ID that made the cut, and wouldn't have been served except, that the more senior bartender recognized my accent, and explained to his junior that New York was different from California, and not everybody has a driver's license.

BTW - I was last carded only a few years ago, so I've apparently aged 45 years or so very quickly.
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Lol. When I was 12 I went out to eat with my parents. They made me eat from the kids menu because what I had wanted was also on the kids meal. I was embarrassed because it said on the kids menu 10 and under only.

The bill came and my dad noticed the price for his and my moms meal was discounted also. He called the waiter over to ask why. The waiter said "Today is grandparents day, and grandparents get a discount if they bring their grandkids in"

I heehawed all the way home.
Great story! I bet they also had a line for men out with their trophy wives....
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My worst as when Deb and I were newly married and one day at work a truck driver told her it was really nice of her to help her dad.




(we're 3 years apart)
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My worst as when Deb and I were newly married and one day at work a truck driver told her it was really nice of her to help her dad.




(we're 3 years apart)
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Went on a tourist boat in Sacramento over Labor Day - got my first EVER senior discount! Low bar >55.

On the way home, stopped for beer and they checked my ID - ON THE VERY SAME DAY! Low bar, I think they checked everybody no matter what.

Still, that was pretty cool.
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I got a senior discount at Carl's Jr. and I didn't ask for it. I was so stunned I argued with them. I'm 55, but of course I look 29.
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I grew up in New York when the drinking age was still 18, and nobody really cared all that much. If you sort of looked like you might be 18, that was good enough in most places.

It was a shock for me the first time I was in California, and was asked to prove I was 21. I had no ID that made the cut, and wouldn't have been served except, that the more senior bartender recognized my accent, and explained to his junior that New York was different from California, and not everybody has a driver's license.

BTW - I was last carded only a few years ago, so I've apparently aged 45 years or so very quickly.
Funny, I grew up in CA and was never carded as a teenager. Perhaps it had something to do with being 6'2", somewhat burly, hairy as a blond bear and rolling into the liquor stores on roller skates, which add a good 5" to one's height.

I did have a funny moment two weeks ago. Eugene is full of bums and young bum apprentices. My wife and I had a small altercation with a bum apprentice. I almost laughed out loud as he scurried off complaining about the attitude of the village elders and referred to me as a person in his forties.
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I've never had to show ID to get a senior discount.
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Yeah, that's happened to me too, unfortunately even before I'm officially eligible!
I got the senior discount at Long John Silver's. I checked their website- the senior discount starts at 55. When they gave me the discount I was only 46.
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A childhood friend of mine had his first and only child when he was in his forties. He said when he went to pick his son from school the kids said your grandpa is here. I wonder what they'll say in 3 years when my daughter starts school and I'll be 57.
After our local t-shirt ride, my wife, her aunt and I were drinking some free refreshments. My wife and I were drinking soft drinks while her aunt was drinking beer. My wife went back to get me another and the vendor said to my wife tell your Dad were out of Dr . Pepper does he want a coke instead?
Was heading to my sisters and she said can you drive thru Whataburger and ask for a senior coffee. So I did and they gave me a coffee free of charge for being a senior, however I'm 54. I didn't know I would get it for free I thought it was just discounted. I guess there are some perks for being a senior .
BTW , at what age are you considered a senior citizen? 62 and over,55 and over?
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I got the senior discount at Long John Silver's. I checked their website- the senior discount starts at 55. When they gave me the discount I was only 46.
To the 18 year olds that these joints employ, everybody over 30 looks old.
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Aging is a strange journey. Good news/bad news is an apt description. The first 'shock' is when the AARP info starts showing up in the mail. Qualification for social security and medicare are good things, but you are reminded of new thresholds crossed. The latest (for me personally) are flyers in the mail box from funeral homes.

Enjoy the discounts FB. There's more fun ahead.
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To the 18 year olds that these joints employ, everybody over 30 looks old.
Yeah, that was pretty much my rationalization.
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I accidentally left my wallet at home and bought a quart of beer with quarters normally for the meter at a bodega tonight. I was both happy and sad no questions were asked. 49 this week.
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