Should police officers be allowed to accept discounts on their food purchases at the restaurants they eat at while on duty?

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Heather - posted on 11/08/2010

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You don't need teachers(formal ones) to learn anything. Look at all the self educated people that are successful in life. In the end, the manager of the establishment should get to decide who gets a discount and who doesn't. If you don't think it's "fair", don't got to the place. I guess it just irks me when people try to say that it's not fair that police, military, firefighters, etc. get a discount and they don't. Really?! Start your own business and then you can give a discount to whomever you want, but don't tell people they don't deserve one or don't do anything more important than anyone else. There's probably a good reason they get a discount, and it probably has something to do with the wanted customer base of the establishment. They want police around...they give police a discount. They're a veteran or appreciate the military...they give a military discount. They want to support teachers...they give a teacher discount. I don't understand why people think they should get a say or should be complaining about how someone chooses to price their meals.....off my soapbox now. (sorry)

Amanda - posted on 11/08/2010

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I don't think the police officer would be allowed to accept this discount if a teacher wouldn't have taught him what he or she needed to learn to become an officer...everyone plays there part in community and one doesn't mean anything more than the other, everyone in a community plays a part and without one it wouldn't be complete and things couldn't work the way they need to...so I think that discounts shouldn't be focused on only one proffession...I think EVERYONE who works should get one or no one...that's my opinion. :)

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I love my 25% teacher discount at Borders or Barnes & Noble. I appreciate it and am grateful when Teacher Appreciation Week comes aroud with larger discounts, and other perks throughout the year. So if a business owner wants to offer a police officer a perk, why not? It's surely appreciated. My husband is a mail carrier an din the heat of the Arizona summer up to 118 degrees, all of the convenience stores offer free water & ice-one in particular gives out the Gatorades. Hey, people want their mail, but don't want the mailman keeling over of heat exhaustion. Again, he never expects it but always appreciates it. Nothing wrong with saying "thank you" to someone who actually provides a service to you.

Cassie - posted on 11/07/2010

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Sorry ladies. I posted before I read any of the replies and I see that some of you already stated my reasoning. :)

Cassie - posted on 11/07/2010

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My husband is a police officer. He "normally" gets a discount when he eats in a restaurant while on duty. The number one discount giver would probably be Subway.

I think while many places do it as a "thank you" for their service, my husband explained the reason that the restaurants around here do it. When a restaurant or any other business/event want a police presence, they have to apply for a special duty officer. That officer is paid almost $40 per hour with a minimum payment of $120 whether they work 5 minutes or 3 hours then an additional $40 per hour after that. Around here, if an officer eats breakfast, lunch or dinner in a restaurant, it is like free protection for that establishment. They don't have to pay the special duty price for an officer but they still have that officer in their building to ward off any trouble that may occur. When a restaurant gives the discount, it is a thank you and an encouragement to come back because they know they are protected during that time that the officer is there.

Corey is still very happy and excited whenever he receives a discount and in no way expects one. He is always very grateful and is friends with the workers of many places he eats on his precinct.

It should NEVER be expected though.

Jess - posted on 11/07/2010

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Its really no different to "mates rates", when your friend serves you at the electronic store, or your builder friend helps you do some renovations.

I think the police and all emergency services including the defence forces do an amazing job, one which I wouldn't be willing to volunteer for *maybe the fire job but that would just be for the co-workers, hehehe, anyway, they do a great job and I know here in Australia the police, fire and ambulance staff don't get paid nearly enough so if Mcdonald's want to give them free or heavily discounted meals why not ?

Becky - posted on 11/07/2010

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I don't see a problem with it. Here, the Tim Hortons gives the police officers free coffee and donuts. There are always police there. And Tims never gets robbed! Seems like a good trade off to me!

Sal - posted on 11/07/2010

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i have just noticed that a lot of you think it is nice gesture for all they do....pft....it is so they go there and the baddeis don't it is cheap security! bussinesses are there to make money and if giving it away wasn't worth it to them they wouldn't do it!

Sal - posted on 11/07/2010

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before my hubby became a bush cop he worked in the pretty seedy area in sydney, and the fast food places gave them free meals if in uniform as they liked having the police there, very cheap security, so it was a win win, except for the health impications of having maccas 3 times a shift!

Heather - posted on 11/07/2010

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why can't we continue to live in a free country and let the store owner decide who they give discounts too? If they want to give discounts to garbage men then that's their right. Why does anyone else feel they should get a say in how the restaurant is run? And just for the record, teachers and police officers are NOT equal in importance for society. Without safety, no one's going to school. You have to fulfill the basic needs of a human being-food, shelter, and safety-before you can move on to other things...sooo, police officers do take priority over teachers, roofers, garbage men, lawyers, sales associates, comedians, politicians, etc...

Tah - posted on 11/07/2010

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maybe i shouldn't touch this as there was just a heated argument over military NOT getting discounts just because they protect and serve the same as officers..but officers can get all the discounts and free coffee they want...lol....

Jodi - posted on 11/07/2010

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I have no problem with it at all! They put their lives at risk, the risk they undertake every day is MUCH great and much more frequent than say a teacher, or a vetrinarian. The risk they undertake is to protect our lives and lifestyles and those of our children, not just to prevent a leaky roof they may or may not fall off of.
I used to manage a gas station and we would give all police officers, EMTs, firefighters and military service members in uniform free coffee or fountain soda and discounts on food. Just a little thank you for taking on a job that I know I couldn't do and wouldn't want my husband doing!!

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Sure why not? It's not a bribe or anything. They're out on the streets, protecting us and why not make their dangerous life a little nicer by giving them a free coffee or something (I used to work in a fast food restaurant and we gave out discounts and free coffee to cops but only if they went through the drive thru)

Corinne - posted on 11/07/2010

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I'm in England and used to have a 'day' job as a supervisor in a Subway store. We had a 'flashy blue light' discount, whereby any on duty police officers, paramedics, fire fighters would be given 50% discount and free drinks. It's just a little thankyou for the graft they put in each day and the sh!t they sometimes have to deal with.

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A cop's job is no more important that a school teacher or secretary. I think it's bullshit but what can I do? I also distrust and dislike the police so I'm bias.

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 11/06/2010

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I read this post (on a FB status of a friends who is going to school to be a police women) and at first glance I thought…that would so nice to do, but then I thought….

What about this job profession and that job profession….many profession help save lives, but in different ways….should they all get discount meals

Not to mention what if the were meeting there spouse or the person they were cheating on their spouse with….do they get a discount for the whole meal or just theirs….?

Jenny - posted on 11/06/2010

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I don't care either way. There is a Conservative argument to be made that the rest of us pick up the tab through rising cost though.

Amanda - posted on 11/06/2010

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I agree that its a nice gesture, but honestly almost every job has risks. I respect police officers and firefighters for the job they do everyday, but what about roofers(who could fall off a roof), or construction workers(who could have numerous accidents) or doctors(who lose patients or at risk for multiple diseases) or cashiers at stores( who risk being robbed) or vetrinarians(animals out of control) or teachers(with a student who acts violent). I mean the list goes on and on, and those are just examples!! I do agree that police men and women deserve respect and so do the military men and women who risk their lives for our freedom, but almost anyone who works, even moms! Risks are everywhere and could happen to anyone, why just choose obvious ones to appreciate?

Jessica - posted on 11/06/2010

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I think its awsome that they recieve discounts, they earn it and don't ask for or expect it. :)

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I used to give cops, firemen and paramedics free coffee or fountain sodas at the last gas station I worked at. It wasn't policy but I was the store manager and told all of my cashiers to do it. It's a nice gesture and so little in return for them doing so much for us.

Johnny - posted on 11/06/2010

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I've seen many food service establishments do this, and for firemen too. Doesn't bother me in the least. If a store owner wishes to freely express appreciation, then the person, whomever it is, should be free to accept it.

Isobel - posted on 11/06/2010

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I used to work at a bar and we always gave the men in uniform a free drink (pop, juice, coffee)...and they always took it :)

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Yep, they certainly should. They put up with a lot of shit in their line of work and deserve a perk if it's offered.

Rosie - posted on 11/06/2010

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yes, as long as it's not a mandated thing that the restaurant be forced to give discounts. as long as the business owner is all for it, why would them being on duty make a difference?

Katherine - posted on 11/06/2010

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Yes. They do their civic duty,why not? I think it's a nice gesture and shows appreciation.

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So police officers are offered discounts while on duty? Didn't know this. Why not? If the restaurant owner wants to show their appreciation to cops in this way, whose to say they can't accept it?

Sharon - posted on 11/06/2010

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Sure why not?

The cop didn't demand a discount.

Its not a city mandatory thing. Why not?

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