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To think there's no shame in taking a generous discount?

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Lighthousekeeping Mon 31-Mar-14 13:42:52

I'm supposed to be organising a posh night out at a restaurant. There will be four of us it's a special occasion. We were thinking of The Ivy or something similar. Anyway I bumped into an old friend who I keep I touch with now an again. We aren't best buddies but message on fb etc. anyway, at the end of the conversation she told me that her husband works at The Ivy not the Ivy btw and if I ever wanted to go to let her know as she would get me the 30% discount. A lot of money to us. Bloody hell, my colleagues have said under no circumstances they would be mortified! Really?

Sirzy Mon 31-Mar-14 13:44:19

You would be mad not too!

Oddthomas Mon 31-Mar-14 13:45:21

Take it! If they're so mortified that they don't want the discount the get seperate bills and have the 30% applied only to yours smile

RobotLover68 Mon 31-Mar-14 13:45:37

your colleagues are daft!

AwfulMaureen Mon 31-Mar-14 13:51:23

They sound silly! I know some seriously well off and quite posh folk due to my work and believe me, they take EVERY discount offered.

LovelyJubblies Mon 31-Mar-14 13:51:24

Yadnbu. They're idiots.
Let them pay the full price and you keep the lovely discount for yourself.
I always use vouchers or discount codes when I eat sil thinks the same as your friends.
Which is probably why I've gone out with her shes really a complete bitch and I'd rather stick pins in me that go anywhere with her

LovelyJubblies Mon 31-Mar-14 13:53:43

Me again grin I've got a regular customer at work who spends a bloody fortune everytime I serve her, she pays using a black American Express card.
But she always uses her store points card and petrol vouchers.

cardamomginger Mon 31-Mar-14 13:54:00

If her husband is happy to do this, then why not?

addictedtosugar Mon 31-Mar-14 13:54:16

Well, split the bill 3 ways - you can have the 30% free as your bill!

Isn't it called being prudent with their money? After all, do they collect their nectar points, and have a boots advantage card? Never bogoff?

Bonkers imo. benefit from it yourself if they wont.

Hegsy Mon 31-Mar-14 13:55:56

YANBU, colleagues are nuts!

MaidOfStars Mon 31-Mar-14 14:05:01

Ha, you should get the discount offer printed out onto a gaudy voucher and loudly declare it to the wait staff before you order...

Gileswithachainsaw Mon 31-Mar-14 14:07:56

Bloody take it. Why wouldn't you?

We lay enough for everything else, take the discount.

flipchart Mon 31-Mar-14 14:14:52

We are not skint but I take every discount I can. I also use loyalty awards to pay for. My cottage holidays and using the Shuttle to France.

Of course you take up the offer!

BillyBanter Mon 31-Mar-14 14:18:31

They won't take it?! grin

Free meal for you then. [thumbs]

maras2 Mon 31-Mar-14 14:28:16

Why on earth would they not want a legitimate discount ? < Weirdos >

Teabellie Mon 31-Mar-14 14:28:49

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TestingTestingWonTooFree Mon 31-Mar-14 14:34:20

Take the discount, buy friend's DH a gift to say thank you.

Bogeyface Mon 31-Mar-14 14:37:25

As tea said, thats how the rich stay rich, I have never known a rich person who isnt as tight as a ducks arse when it comes to paying for things!

I used to work in a gastro pub in a v posh village and it was always the multi millionaires that tried to get money off the bill, used vouchers, came on BOGOF night etc!

Weliveinabeautifulworld Mon 31-Mar-14 14:41:30


Lighthousekeeping Mon 31-Mar-14 14:45:10

I think I'll take some new friends

BackforGood Mon 31-Mar-14 14:52:26

I genuinely don't understand why anyone would not take it, let alone 'be mortified' - what's to 'be mortified' about ? confused

feathermucker Mon 31-Mar-14 15:04:51


Why not? Go for it, enjoy grin

DrinkFeckArseGirls Mon 31-Mar-14 15:11:14

Listen OP, you and me sound like sisters. When is the dinner?grinwink

MaidOfStars Mon 31-Mar-14 15:18:09

I genuinely don't understand why anyone would not take it, let alone 'be mortified' - what's to 'be mortified' about?

I think I understand (although I wouldn't necessarily try to justify). I suspect it might be:
1. feelings of insecurity about being an impostor in a posh/monied place
2. quashing those feelings of insecurity by making ostentatious shows of wealth.
3. scoffing at idea that they might only be there by dint of a "money off" offer.
4. needing to be openly disdainful at anyone who takes up a "money off" offer.

Balaboosta Mon 31-Mar-14 15:29:43

Glad you explained it but seriously - Hyacinth Bucket much.

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