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Erika Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-23-05 11:53 PM
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Red Lobster does NOT offer a senior citizens discount
My mother loves seafood so we took her to the Red Lobster. When the ticket came we asked if there was a seniors citizen discount. The young waiter said no. When we said there should be one because of today's hardships on the elderly, he agreed. He said to contact Red Lobster at www.redlobster.com or 1-800-redlobster by phone. Red Lobster is out of Orlando and the 800 number left a recording to call back during business hours. So we sent an email.

We need to make corporate America aware that they are squeezing the elderly out. Please send an email or call.
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Erika Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 12:47 AM
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1. Just a kick
because I believe we need to stand up to corporate America.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 12:48 AM
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2. That's odd. I wonder why they don't do it? Do most other chain
restaurants do it?
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KitchenWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 01:22 AM
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4. My guess is they have a reason for not offering the discount
I agree senior discounts are a nice thing, but it certainly is not required...

I, for one, would love it if businesses offered "working family" discounts, but that will never happen.
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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 01:33 AM
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8. Hey, why not give everyone a discount? College student discount,
seminary student discount, clergy discount, single parent discount, elderly discount, unemployed discount, laid off discount, "I have kids" discount, single-person-not-benefitting-from-married-tax-benefits discount, paying my own health care discount, self-employed discount, don't have any health care discount, just bought a new car discount, still driving an old car discount, paying almost all my income for my mortgage discount, ...

crank it on and on and on....

because we all have a RIGHT to eat wherever we want, for as cheaply as we want, and eat whatever we want, and we should all be subsidized, and not be expected to manage a budget.

Sorry, this isn't an attack directed at you; your post (as well as the one below) merely inspired me to think along these lines, so I've put my rant here instead of somewhere else.
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KitchenWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 01:52 AM
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14. no offense taken
You and I were thinking along the same lines...
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intrepid_wanderer Donating Member (559 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 07:01 AM
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35. BRAVO
BRAVO Rabrrrrrr!!!

Thanks for (cough) making sense!!

:bounce:
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Misunderestimator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 07:03 AM
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36. Fuck it... where's my gay discount?
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AntiCoup2K4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 08:48 AM
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43. Can't wait to hear the reaction to that in the "red" states.
I'm sure Phelps would have a www.godhatesfood.com page up within 48 hours. :evilgrin:

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Catholic Sensation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 01:22 AM
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3. what about a recent college graduate discount?
Edited on Fri Jun-24-05 01:24 AM by Catholic Sensation
all my friends who graduated are working part time jobs which don't pay that well, seems like they could use a discount too.
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KitchenWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 01:24 AM
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5. Thank you!
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CanuckAmok Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 01:24 AM
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6. Red Lobster are also a long-time Rush Limbaugh sponsor...
...just so ya know.
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Catholic Sensation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 01:27 AM
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7. because he has 20 million listeners a week
it's less about the politics and more about reaching a lot of potential customers
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lpbk2713 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 08:23 AM
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38. 4 Million of the same sheepies per day times 5 days .......... OK



Fuzzy math.



Sounds good to them. Just don't tell the sponsors.
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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 01:35 AM
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9. So?
Lots of people can't afford to eat at Red Lobster.
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KitchenWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 01:35 AM
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10. ding ding ding ding ding!
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NMMNG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 01:43 AM
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11. Indeed
Even with 10% off how many seniors (or college students) are going to be able to afford freaking lobster?


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madeline_con Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 05:58 AM
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28. During lobsterfest
there's a discount. They also have fish and shrimp.

We catch our own fish and shrimp, so we don't go very often.
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shockra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 01:47 AM
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12. The Humane Society is demonstrating at 80 Red Lobster restaurants...
This weekend at the following locations:

http://www.hsus.org/marine_mammals/protect_seals/why_a_...

"On Saturday, June 25, advocates nationwide will demonstrate at Red Lobsters across the United States and Canada. Our message to Red Lobster: Show you care about saving seals by joining the boycott of Canadian seafood."



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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 01:48 AM
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13. Canadians count as seafood?
WOO HOO!!

I thought I was going off diet when eating Canadians, but I'm not!

:woohoo:
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madeline_con Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 06:02 AM
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29. oh...
I thought it was about taping their itty bitty claws, so they couldn't defend themselves.

Will lunch follow the rallies? ;)
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Erika Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 01:57 AM
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15. Ah, excuse me
You don't think Red Lobster should give a senior citizens discount? They are just a touch different than other minority and economically challanged groups. Think about what difference that could be.
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KitchenWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 01:59 AM
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16. different in that they pay no income tax
mostly have their mortgages paid off....

qualify for medicare.

Yeah they are different.
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REP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 04:22 AM
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26. Seniors Pay Income Tax, Property Tax, etc
Medicare costs $78.20 a month and doesn't cover prescriptions and doesn't really cover office visits. Many older citizens either can't work due to illness or can't find work due to age discrimination, and must manage on a fixed and limited income.

There's no need to make this into a "working family" vs "elderly citizen" battle; undoubtedly, someone you love is old or may one day become ol - including yourself. Just about everyone in this society has some cross to bear, and for the elderly, it's a bit heavier than for those younger and healthier. Admitting that doesn't take anything from me, nor does it make my day any harder.
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madeline_con Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 06:03 AM
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30. and get Social Security.
For now...
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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 02:05 AM
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17. No, the original poster feels that they DO deserve a discount
that's the whole point of the post - pointing out that they DON'T get a discount, and SHOULD get one.
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Erika Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 02:11 AM
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18. Seniors pay property taxes, sales taxes, etc.
Edited on Fri Jun-24-05 02:12 AM by Erika
Many live on fixed incomes. But their taxes go up. Medicare in no way pays 100% of the medical bills.
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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 02:13 AM
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19. I think you're having problems with your posting
You don't seem to be posting to the people you are responding to.

It makes no sense for you to post what you just did to me.
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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 02:14 AM
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20. Oh, and I just realized that YOU, Erika, ARE the original poster
Edited on Fri Jun-24-05 02:14 AM by Rabrrrrrr
So now it makes totally no sense that you have no idea what the original poster meant to say, since it was you.

:shrug:
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Erika Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 02:16 AM
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22. Ah, yes, or maybe no
But our seniors need a break.
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madeline_con Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 06:05 AM
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31. well, anyway...
:popcorn:
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Erika Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 02:20 AM
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23. Many seniors choose between food or prescriptions
Most societies honor their old for their endurance and wisdom.
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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 02:22 AM
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24. I think you need to learn to work the "reply" button
seems you haven't quite figured it out.

It's a lot more helpful when your arguments are directed actually at the person to whom you are responding.
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madeline_con Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 06:06 AM
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32. They receive
the post a lot faster, too. ;)
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KitchenWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 02:15 AM
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21. Many working families have NO health insurance
I do believe that Medicare is far better than none at all.
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Erika Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 02:25 AM
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25. Ah, there are some to which I choose to make no direct reply
OK?
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madeline_con Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 06:09 AM
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33. You know what?
I swear to God, someone wants to take an old lady out to eat, and get a buck or two off, and now posters aren't speaking anymore.

:rofl:

Why couldn't the waiter just comp her tea or something?
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intrepid_wanderer Donating Member (559 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 07:10 AM
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37. 'comp her tea' or something

...wouldn't that be... uhm... THEFT??? (by the waiter)


I agree it is hard for (some) seniors, not that everywhere should target them as ideal customers by offering them lower prices (and therefore other 'non-target customers' HIGHER PRICES)

How dare companies decide these things for themselves.... LOBBY...!! BOYCOTT!!! No. Not right in my mind.

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madeline_con Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 08:36 PM
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47. theft...
maybe, but I would have gone to the manager and mentioned it, I wouldn't just comp it. It seems like everything I say has to be explained letely. (sigh)
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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 09:17 AM
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45. Still haven't figured it out, eh?
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madeline_con Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 05:55 AM
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27. The only way I can
afford it is if someone takes me. :cry:

I thought they'd have one. They're a big company. I read Darden, the parent co. that also owns Olive Garden, had to do some major restructuring some years back.

Maybe they had to rein in on the discounts.

Denny stopped doing their free meal on your birthday thing. Some people would eat at three different restaurants on their b-day, though. It was killing them.
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BlondieK143 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 06:10 AM
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34. Not to be trivial - but couldn't you have payed for it?
I mean, I understand that you're upset they don't give a discount, but shouldn't you have picked up the tab anyway? My aunt and I always try to do for my Nana and Papaw as much as we can, whether it's taking food to their house to cook or taking them out. I'm not saying there SHOULDN'T be discounts, but if the family members have the funds, why not just pick up the whole tab?
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 08:26 AM
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39. Good Lord, people!!!!
Are we going to have to put seafood off limits as well?????


:eyes:
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kick-ass-bob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 08:30 AM
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40. works for me.
I'm allergic to shellfish anyway!

:D
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BlondieK143 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 08:31 AM
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41. Sweet!
I HATE seafood! :D
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Misunderestimator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 08:51 AM
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44. Hehe
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Texasgal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 08:33 AM
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42. While I will agree that the Elderly do have some
financial hardships, so are business's. It's tough to be in business anymore.

Senior citizen discounts are a nice thing to do, not a requirement.

Perhaps next time you can call ahead at different restaurants to find out who offers a senior discount and who doesn't.
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eyesroll Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 09:37 AM
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46. I think Red Lobster should offer a "The Food Sucks" discount.
Chances are, there is a better seafood place in your area that doesn't cost much more. You may not be able to get all-you-can-eat-fried-whatever for $8.99, but it'll be better.

Besides -- if you took your mom out, shouldn't you be paying? And I take it you're not elderly too, and thus ineligible for the discount yourself? And you waited until *after* the ticket came to inquire as to whether there was a senior discount?

I think anyone who has to choose between medicine and food (as you indicate below) probably won't be eating at Red Lobster, whether or not they save the 90 cents on the Shrimp-O-Rama.
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