How would you feel if an employee gave you the employee discount at a local business that you regularly patronize but where you don't work?
Like if you fly regularly, and at the place where you always grab a coffee in the airport, an employee you regularly encounter gave you his or her discount?
Does it change your answer if the person is the opposite sex?
This happened to me last week and I'm not sure how I feel about it.
For the record, same sex, so nothing too fishy going on.
My penny-pinching personal self of course thinks it's great, but the business/law part of my mind isn't very comfortable with it. Does the employer know this is happening? Is it happening regularly and therefore cutting into profits? Is the employee trying to screw the employer? (This is particularly possible because I know there has been some management turnover and morale isn't super high right now.)
I'm torn, but the purchase is made (with discount), and of course I'll keep going there, but I'm not sure how I feel about that. If she rings me up again and says something like "that's $146, wait, let me see what I can do, okay, that's $98," I might just say, "aw, thanks, I'm okay with the $146."