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BarensMom:

--- Quote from: snowflake on November 26, 2012, 04:16:24 PM ---
--- Quote from: siamesecat2965 on November 26, 2012, 03:34:25 PM ---UGH. The dreaded employee discount. I work, and ahve worked, in a women's store PT for the last 7 years. Thankfully, that issue hasn't ever come up for me.  Technially we are not supposed to use our discount for anyone but ourselves, and gifts. However, in my store, they don't really mind if we use it mom's, daughters, sisters, and family. As long as its not abused, its ok.

I do remember one year, about 20 years ago, working for the holidays in a large, well-known dept. store. I was working in the fashion jewelry dept, and a customer came in, someone who I didn't know, but recognized as we sometimes took the same bus into NYC. But I didn't know her name or anything.  She actualy had the nerve to ask me if I could buy something with my discount, and she'd give me the "bread" later on. I politely said sorry, I'm not allowed to do that, which i wasn't but even if I was, as I didn't know her, I wouldn't have done it!

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Don't get me started on employee discounts!  One of my best friends works for Giant Hotel chain.  That means that she can 1) Tell people where there are deals. If a specific Hotel has too many vacancies, they will drop the prices of the rooms.  (Her job is to work on computational models that calculate prices that will maximize profit but sell out the rooms.) 2) get a fixed number of coupons per year for free stays.

So people assume that 1) She can just set any price at any hotel in any city on request and 2) Offer up unending free stays.  In fact, her sister will call her up and say, "I've just gotta get away this weekend.  Can you get me a suite at the swanky Las Vegas location for $50 a night.  Oh, and I'll need to drop of the kids too!  What do you mean there aren't rooms?  I've offered to pay!"

She finally decided one year that she was going to get it all over with and posted on Facebook: "I have X coupons for this year.  The first X people who respond will get one and after that don't ask until next year.  Her cousin started berating her for being selfish (Friend kept half of the coupons for herself.) 

Points of the rant:

How dare she keep her coupons when she had other benefits like health and dental.

If Friend had a smart phone  she could sure as heck pay for her own hotels and leave the freebies for people who couldn't afford them. 

Since Friend was offering some coupons, she had a moral obligation to pay for all friends on Facebook who wanted a free nights' stay - even if she had to pay for it out of pocket.

Friend was so rude for offering coupons that were not available on "black out" days.  And once again, if they couldn't use the coupons on the dates they wanted, friend was morally obligated to pay.

Friend's chain did not have a local hotel and the coupons were too inconvenient for her. 

Um, alrighty.  My friend responded by simply emailing her a link to the HR website and suggested that she apply.  Whenever we have GNO, said friend will always drink a little faster when mentioning whatever new rudeness she's been subjected to over her work freebees.

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What does benefits and a smart phone have to do with it?

Jaelle:
Perhaps that cousin thought those things meant Friend was ever-so-much-more-fortunate than others and that she be offering her freebies as consolation prizes to those who weren't so lucky? :P  (Which is headache-inducing in itself ...)

ica171:
A rant like that should have ensured not only a block on Facebook but that Cousin received no coupons or discounts ever.

cattlekid:
Oh, the dreaded employee discount.  Here's another good one....DH works at an auto dealership in the parts department.  He can get parts at a significant discount as an employee.  They don't mind if you get parts for a friend or family member, but DH has to pay up front.  There's no credit available. 

DH's long time friend does all his own auto repairs so of course, he saw this as a gold mine.  I saw it as a drain on our finances.  We would have to put up the money ahead of time and then wait around until DH could get to see said friend and deliver the part and get reimbursed.  But DH is a softer touch than I am and still will get his friend the occasional part when necessary.  He will at least clear it with me first.

When I totally put my foot down though, is when the friend started sending HIS friends over to DH to get parts.  These are people we have maybe met once and definitely do not see on a regular basis and I am sure as God made little green apples that we are not going to start supplying parts for any random person that anyone may send our way.  And yes, I've been accused by these "friends" of being cheap and unhelpful.  Sorry, that's the way things go.

ladyknight1:

--- Quote from: cattlekid on November 26, 2012, 06:01:43 PM ---Oh, the dreaded employee discount.  Here's another good one....DH works at an auto dealership in the parts department.  He can get parts at a significant discount as an employee.  They don't mind if you get parts for a friend or family member, but DH has to pay up front.  There's no credit available. 

DH's long time friend does all his own auto repairs so of course, he saw this as a gold mine.  I saw it as a drain on our finances.  We would have to put up the money ahead of time and then wait around until DH could get to see said friend and deliver the part and get reimbursed.  But DH is a softer touch than I am and still will get his friend the occasional part when necessary.  He will at least clear it with me first.

When I totally put my foot down though, is when the friend started sending HIS friends over to DH to get parts.  These are people we have maybe met once and definitely do not see on a regular basis and I am sure as God made little green apples that we are not going to start supplying parts for any random person that anyone may send our way.  And yes, I've been accused by these "friends" of being cheap and unhelpful.  Sorry, that's the way things go.

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That is right up there with an acquaintance knowing you have a pick-up truck and asking to borrow it to move. Hmm, no. I used to be such a pushover for "friends". One friend started having computer trouble, so we took a look at it, and $50 in parts and hours of labor later, there we were. We do have very good friends that we see and help when they need it, and vice versa. The difference is, the real friends want to be around you no when they don't want anything from you. It took me a long time to learn that lesson.

SS: I work with a woman who can be nice, but considers herself the specialist person ever to live. She is very particular on every possible subject. She took additional time off last week (we were given Thursday and Friday off as well as the usual weekend) and let her two employees have it off as well, which meant there was no staff at her office. This was not run by the big boss, and now SS is in hot water over that decision. She complained to me today that it is just not fair, that she is in trouble.

We have our departmental monthly meeting/holiday party coming up in a week and this time we are at a restaurant, which makes me so happy. SS is the most picky eater I have ever met, and I would rather go through torture than order food for her again and have to listen to her whine for years (no exaggeration here) that someone else got better food that she wanted over what she ordered.

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