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Old 01-23-2017, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Eugene, Oregon
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If I was over 55 and any business insulted me by giving me a "senior discount", without even asking my age, I would never shop there again.
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Old 01-23-2017, 03:47 PM
 
Location: sumter
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Not all of us age gracefully for various reasons. Some people out there may actually do look much older than their actual age, and I can see how some people can mistake you for being a senior, especially to a young person. Some people are blessed with good genes, been exercising and eating healthy all their life, never smoke or had no major health issues, so they probably look good for their age or younger. But, I wouldn't refuse a discount either.
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Old 01-23-2017, 03:52 PM
 
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If I was over 55 and any business insulted me by giving me a "senior discount", without even asking my age, I would never shop there again.
Not me. I'll take all the discounts anyone wants to give me.
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Old 01-23-2017, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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If I was over 55 and any business insulted me by giving me a "senior discount", without even asking my age, I would never shop there again.
I understand your sentiment completely, but you are over-reacting. Businesses act in their own self-interest to attract customers of verious demographics. Once a particular practice, such as "senior" discounts becomes established, no business wants to be out of step and lose customers because of it.

I feel mildly insulted if I'm asked if I need help out with the groceries, but the intention behind the request is a good one. I deflect it with a smile on my face and say in a pleasant tone, "Well, I may be old, but I'm not THAT old." That gets the message across without negativity or hostility directed at the poor cashier who is just probably following store policy.
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Old 01-23-2017, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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I feel mildly insulted if I'm asked if I need help out with the groceries, but the intention behind the request is a good one. I deflect it with a smile on my face and say in a pleasant tone, "Well, I may be old, but I'm not THAT old." That gets the message across without negativity or hostility directed at the poor cashier who is just probably following store policy.
The grocery stores I shop at ask everyone, young or old, fit or disabled, if they need help out. It's not an age thing here, just an offered service. And there have been rare occasions when I've been grateful for the help.

As for senior discounts - I'll start qualifying for them in two years, but I have no intention of taking any as long as I am still working (and probably not for a good long time after retirement, either). I'll leave those for the older folks who are on a tight budget and can genuinely use the discount.
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Old 01-23-2017, 06:52 PM
 
Location: sumter
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Then some of us just maybe a little sensitive about the age thing and getting older. The person may not have meant it in the way you are perceiving it, when they offer you assistance.
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Old 01-23-2017, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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I feel mildly insulted if I'm asked if I need help out with the groceries, but the intention behind the request is a good one. I deflect it with a smile on my face and say in a pleasant tone, "Well, I may be old, but I'm not THAT old." That gets the message across without negativity or hostility directed at the poor cashier who is just probably following store policy.
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The grocery stores I shop at ask everyone, young or old, fit or disabled, if they need help out. It's not an age thing here, just an offered service. And there have been rare occasions when I've been grateful for the help.
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Then some of us just maybe a little sensitive about the age thing and getting older. The person may not have meant it in the way you are perceiving it, when they offer you assistance.
I should have specified that in the grocery store I am talking about, they do NOT ask everybody. In fact, they do not ask me, most of the time. So why are they asking (the few times I have been asked)? Well, I must admit I don't know for sure, but I am 72 so it's not unlikely they can see I'm no spring chicken anymore. LOL I am a long, long way from not being able to get my groceries out to the car. But I repeat, I studiously avoid any rudeness in the face of what is actually a kind and considerate offer. But I don't like the thought that someone might think I need help with the groceries - that is all I am saying.
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Old 01-23-2017, 07:46 PM
 
Location: sumter
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I should have specified that in the grocery store I am talking about, they do NOT ask everybody. In fact, they do not ask me, most of the time. So why are they asking (the few times I have been asked)? Well, I must admit I don't know for sure, but I am 72 so it's not unlikely they can see I'm no spring chicken anymore. LOL I am a long, long way from not being able to get my groceries out to the car. But I repeat, I studiously avoid any rudeness in the face of what is actually a kind and considerate offer. But I don't like the thought that someone might think I need help with the groceries - that is all I am saying.
I understand your point of view, and I wish you continued good health and independence.
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Old 01-23-2017, 10:54 PM
 
Location: Close to an earthquake
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Years ago, a friend of the family who was probably 65-70 at the time asked me if I gave a senior discount while sporting her freshly colored chestnut brown hair. I told her yes I did but she had to be 80 and have gray/white hair like I remember how my grandmother looked at that age. We both laughed and she got the "no discount" answer I gave.

Can't eat your cake and have with me.
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Old 01-24-2017, 02:55 AM
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Can't sleep, stiff and sore
Those aren't symptoms of old age. Those are symptoms of needing a new mattress.
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