I needed to go to the fabric store this afternoon for some replacement buttons. As I was checking out, I noticed a sign that said that today was senior citizen discount days. If you were over 55, you would have received 15% off your entire purchase. I thought that was a good deal for the lucky old folks.
At the end of my order the checker said, "Let me see if you qualify for the senior citizens discount." I said, "I'm only 52 so I wouldn't." She said, "There, you got $2.12 off" or something like that. I said, "But I'm only 52." The checker turned a little red and apologized. She said, "My manager said that if the customer looked like they were 50 or older that I should apply the discount but I wasn't supposed to ask their age." I said, "Well, that's my first senior citizens discount!" She turned even redder and apologized some more and was chagrined at even bringing it up.
I left the store wondering if the whole exchange was good or bad. Getting a discount on anything is always good. Looking like a senior citizen is certainly bad... :)
Somehow these buttons are going to be a strange reminder for me of my foray into old age. :)