CAUTION: It’s seniors’ discount day!
Pity the poor retail associate when seniors’ discount day rolls around.
I recently celebrated my 52nd birthday and encountered the discount twice in the last few weeks.
While paying for face cream at Shoppers Drugmart, the cashier politely questioned, “do you mind if I ask how old you are?” Umm, 52, why? Seniors’ discount day, duh! Apparently, when the associate first started working there, she asked a woman if she qualified for the discount and the lady burst into tears. Me, I was ticked that I didn’t notice the sign and tell her I was 55.
Oh well, next time…but can I do that? What if they ask for ID, I’d be a little embarrassed.
It kind of reminds me of trying to get into a restricted movie when I was under age. I’m not very good a lying on the spot under pressure, or math in my head apparently. “How old are you? 18. What year were you born in? Ahhhh, crap….” E.T. wasn’t a bad alternative, but it was not what we were hoping to see.
Last week I was at the liquor store buying a bottle of wine as a gift. The cashier, without asking, gave me the 10% seniors discount, the SENIOR coming up in big bold letters on the screen. In my mind, a loud “whoohoo!!”, like the lottery machine when you win something, also played throughout the store and a bright strobe light shone on me. Yes, I should have been happy, but my friend, who is a few years older than I am, and considerably greyer, was a few people behind me in line and had to pay full price. How old did the cashier think I was???
Trouble is, in Canada, the age range at which you are eligible to receive the discount is between 55 and 65. Vanity struck…what if the magic age is 65 at this store? Do I really look that much older than my birth certificate would indicate, or was the cashier just being nice?
Curiosity got the better of me so I called – the age is 65! Back to Shoppers for some better face cream! Alternatively, when it comes to saving money “52 is the new 65” for me!
For those who are interested, here is a good list of discounts from the CARP website.
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