Senior discounts: if I want it, I’ll ask

To the Editor:

Maybe it doesn’t bother everyone, but in case there a few of you who it does bother, I’m going to speak out for us. My husband and I have a date night every Saturday — usually dinner and a movie. There have been a few occasions lately where we are asked either at a restaurant or the movies if either of us is a senior.

OK, we’re both 54 so we are close, but gray hair on men makes them look distinguished and I’m not gray at all (thanks to L’Oreal). And, besides that, some of these restaurant/movie establishments have a 60-year-old age criteria to meet the senior discount requirement. I was quite offended by the asking, however, my husband thought it was humorous because I was offended.

Even if we were 60, it is our prerogative whether or not we want to have the discount. We will ask for it if we do want it. A lot of people can’t wait to take advantage of this wonderful benefit of old age — my husband is one of them. But, please, young people, be considerate. If we don’t mention the discount, don’t ask, OK? In not asking, we might feel complimented instead of offended. Remember, someday you’ll be in our shoes. — Lynne Umlauf, Little Falls

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