Police Officer Discounts ??

“Unknown”

Since: Sep 12

Kingsport

#154 Nov 9, 2012
Johnny wrote:
$28,000 a year? In Washington state most police officers START around $45,000-$50,000 a year, for a 40 hours work week. Many make $80-100,000 a year between promotions and lots of OT and off-duty work. The work does interfere with family and is dangerous, but thats the choice the officer makes when getting into the business...
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You got to remember that the bible belt HAS the lost average INCOME in the entire united states. Lots act as if their simplistic ways are the answer to EVERYTHING and will never accept any "newer" ways of living or accepting change of any sort, unless it has been approved by OTHER people of the same mindset first.

Police who join up to protect its town or city, by the non profit seeking methods, seems to me are legit human beings. Its just sad, that the majority now only wants to write tickets,profile,arrest people,pick on certain races or groups,have the apparent chip on shoulder, and other afflictions. I thought by the history of police, you was supposed to look in anticipation for their arrival to whatever dramatic event(s), nows it basically 90% dread of their presence. To me thats ANTI description of what your job title even states, especially considering the same people you are writing tickets to,arresting,abusing,profiling are the ones who pay your god damn salaries. Even worse the pussification of America has allowed "police" to continue taking their freedoms and basically playing the role of "bullies".

Take Care
Riptide

Johnson City, TN

#155 Nov 9, 2012
I own a local business and I sincerely appreciate the safety and security offered to me by the police force. Without it, I could not operate a business. However, I would not have agreed to the 10% discount. What I have seen from all the above posts is that most people think retailers can afford to offer discounts. Sure, the retailers that mark their prices way up to be able to apply huge markdowns probably can. But these days, most retailers are already offering the lowest pricing they possibly can and stay in business. The economy is tough right now and most retailers are struggling. Not many can mark up prices to higher profit margins because consumers are simply not buying what they used to. Consumers are all looking for the lowest pricing possible to purchase. Based on that fact, most retailers have already marked their merchandise down to the lowest possible levels.

If it were just the police force asking for a discount, I certainly would give them one. However, these days, everyone is asking for a discount. We have veterans, preachers, elderly people, handicapped people, poor people, rich people, young people and almost everybody else asking for a discount. I can't possibly give discounts to all and I don't want to single out any one type of person to give discounts to because it discriminates against the other group of people. 10% doesn't seem like a lot, but in my case at least, it is the difference between staying in business or not staying in business.

Sometimes it gets frustrating to hear customers come in and tell us the economy is rough and we need a discount acting like the economy is not rough on retailers. I can assure everyone, there aren't a lot of retailers charging astronomical pricing these days and that is due to the internet and to the economy. I buy as low as I can and sell as low as I can. If I feel the need to start offering discounts, the pricing simply has to go up.

Sticking to the topic though, our community has to have a police force and I do think they do a great job. But I also think the fire department, veterans and military personnel, clergymen, social workers, doctors and nurses and other health care providers, teachers and many others do a great job as well. Also, I did pay the city over $100,000 in taxes this past year and I hope at least part of it went to the police force.

“Unknown”

Since: Sep 12

Kingsport

#156 Nov 9, 2012
Riptide wrote:
I own a local business and I sincerely appreciate the safety and security offered to me by the police force. Without it, I could not operate a business. However, I would not have agreed to the 10% discount. What I have seen from all the above posts is that most people think retailers can afford to offer discounts. Sure, the retailers that mark their prices way up to be able to apply huge markdowns probably can. But these days, most retailers are already offering the lowest pricing they possibly can and stay in business. The economy is tough right now and most retailers are struggling. Not many can mark up prices to higher profit margins because consumers are simply not buying what they used to. Consumers are all looking for the lowest pricing possible to purchase. Based on that fact, most retailers have already marked their merchandise down to the lowest possible levels.
If it were just the police force asking for a discount, I certainly would give them one. However, these days, everyone is asking for a discount. We have veterans, preachers, elderly people, handicapped people, poor people, rich people, young people and almost everybody else asking for a discount. I can't possibly give discounts to all and I don't want to single out any one type of person to give discounts to because it discriminates against the other group of people. 10% doesn't seem like a lot, but in my case at least, it is the difference between staying in business or not staying in business.
Sometimes it gets frustrating to hear customers come in and tell us the economy is rough and we need a discount acting like the economy is not rough on retailers. I can assure everyone, there aren't a lot of retailers charging astronomical pricing these days and that is due to the internet and to the economy. I buy as low as I can and sell as low as I can. If I feel the need to start offering discounts, the pricing simply has to go up.
Sticking to the topic though, our community has to have a police force and I do think they do a great job. But I also think the fire department, veterans and military personnel, clergymen, social workers, doctors and nurses and other health care providers, teachers and many others do a great job as well. Also, I did pay the city over $100,000 in taxes this past year and I hope at least part of it went to the police force.
I never completely looked at all the possible considerations with discounts and appreciate the knowledge on that. Is there a way to possibly count a "sale" or discount as a possible write off or have something to the regards of a "donation" tax break, from maybe one of your suppliers?

But now to my concern(s) to the police. What do you consider to be the safety provided by the police department or is your location very desolate and everyone knows everyone?

Take Care
Pete

Johnson City, TN

#157 Nov 10, 2012
sir unknown wrote:
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I never completely looked at all the possible considerations with discounts and appreciate the knowledge on that. Is there a way to possibly count a "sale" or discount as a possible write off or have something to the regards of a "donation" tax break, from maybe one of your suppliers?
But now to my concern(s) to the police. What do you consider to be the safety provided by the police department or is your location very desolate and everyone knows everyone?
Take Care
Sometimes you can get a supplier to help out. But they are hurting along with everyone else these days, so freebies are very rare now.

The safety provided by the police department has many facets, but a good example is when a synthetic drug store opened not far from one of our locations. For about two weeks, we had people coming into our place of business totally out of their mind asking for money, peeing in the aisles, cussing out our customers, etc. I made one call to the JCPD and that was the end of that. We have one parking lot that is very prone to illegal activity. They now patrol that lot frequently and we have seen what I will call illicit activity drop to zero. They have been very good at keeping our business in this location safe. I can't really say the same thing for Kingsport though.
Pete

Johnson City, TN

#158 Nov 10, 2012
BTW, I go by the alias Pete when I respond to a post on a personal basis. I go by Riptide when I respond on a professional basis. I have to admit, I am addicted to the interaction on this forum between different political factions, religious factions, etc. I started posting on this forum trying to defend businesses because I think the larger corporations give the smaller corporations a bad rap. Personally, I am a conservative republican, but I always like hearing different points of view. I am genuinely impressed by "Sir Unknown" who takes a totally different stance who abhors politics entirely. I will have to admit, I sort of agree with him.

Since: Apr 10

Location hidden

#159 Nov 10, 2012
Kinda surprised this thread is still being discussed but here's my two cents. Coming from a former career in law enforcement, my opinion is the cop was wrong in asking his question UNLESS there was an advertisement stating the business gave that type of discount or he had outside knowledge the business provided a discount to law enforcement (kinda like how Lowes provides a 10% military discount with ID but doesn't really advertise it). Assuming this happened as the OP stated, it puts the business person in a very awkward position of having to refuse a person in authority and then be concerned about a possible consequence. And if the cop actually made the statement it in the manner the OP said it's borderline coercion. A professional law enforcement officer would never have done that.

Since: Apr 10

Location hidden

#160 Nov 10, 2012
sir unknown wrote:
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What do you consider to be the safety provided by the police department or is your location very desolate and everyone knows everyone? Take Care
Hello again friend. Not to step in and answer for anyone but I'm assuming he means the safety provided (perceived or not) is one of deterrence and visibility. As a general statement, there is statistically less crime at locations frequented by law enforcement, therefore an implied benefit for offering a law enforcement discount (insert joke regarding donut shops being very safe here). Probably not so much in areas with low crimes rates but in higher crime areas it might make a difference between you getting robbed or the guy down the street.
GENE

Elizabethton, TN

#161 Mar 5, 2013
Nobody wrote:
They can choose any job they want. They should not choose a job and then bitch about it. Most of them are cops because they are not qualified to do anything else. The crime rate for citizens is actually dropping in NYC however the crime rate for cops is on the increase. Thugs
Let me guess... You work at ACT??
blahhh

Hermitage, TN

#162 Mar 12, 2013
MrMagoo wrote:
I saw something the other day that I could not believe. I saw a young man with a scalped hair cut walk into a local business and look around. He after browsing the inventory for a few moments, then walk over to the sales person and ask "You do give Police Discounts, don"t you" ? Now I know that several years ago local Police Officers did not make a liveable wage. I also know that many places around gave the Officers a food discount or a free meal, coffee etc. They liked them being in their establishments for crime prevention and knew the salary situation. Today things have changed and a Officers pay is up to and often above average pay for this area. For a Officer to all but demand a discount is placing a merchant in a very hard situation. This person has the power to give tickets and arrest a person and to ask for a discount is an abuse of their position in my humble opinion. I cannot ask for a discount because of my job or do I carry a badge to coerce them for a reduction in prices. If they will do this what else would they do ?
I wouldn't mind giving them a discount if they are worth it. A lot of the Jcpd isn't worth a dime & never does the right thing to help young people. It's a shame how they treat young people. We aren't all criminals!!
SIc

Washington, DC

#163 Mar 12, 2013
Acceptance of a gratuity is against the PD's policy.
real

Elizabethton, TN

#164 Mar 21, 2013
Mr Magoo wrote:
To Well
When one asks for a Police Officer Discount I believe it pretty much says it all. As for pay $28,000 per year is about $13.50 per hour. They know the risks going into the job as do the wives. I believe they have insurance available, two weeks paid vacation, in-service pay, twelve paid sick days a year, Holiday pay, overtime pay for extra hours worked, often at a much higher rate than time and a half. Court time pay, at time and a half, and supplied with a car to drive to and from work(no gas expense) uniforms and equipment supplied.(no clothes to buy). I believe that if you compute all that into final figures it comes out to $35,000-$40,000 per year. I would be the first to say it is not enough for them or Firemen. But it sure is more than most average people in this area make and does not justify expected or demanded discounts. I am also glad to know that the expected amount is 10%?? many places don't make a 10% profit.
I believe in free enterprise and if a store wants to give a officer, a veteran etc. a price reduction that is fine. But when one comes to expect it,what is next, a offer to protect you for a set amount of money each month ??? I do not believe any Police Department in this Country exists that does not have a written policy against this very thing, and Officers are not to accept it even if offered.
Look up videos of off duty cops involved in shootings in stores, restaurants, Ect. They stop armed robberies, ect idk about u but if an off duty cop would come to my store or business everyday id give him discounts or a free meal all the time! Because the day will come when some pos crazy will walk on with a gun trying to rob or kill people and I'll have the cop there because he got a discount!!!! May not work but id feel better...
Shay1108

Honolulu, HI

#165 Mar 21, 2013
I ran across this thread by chance. I read some of the comments from the beginning. I doubt that those earlier posters are still responding to this but I saw a post where a guy stated that of police officers, military, firefighters etc that he wouldn't mind giving a discount to is the service member because they "DIRECTLY" put their lives on the line.

My perspective: My husband just recently left Active Duty (Army) and is now a reservist and a police officer. I can tell you that I worry a whole lot more now EVERY DAY than I did while he was on Active Duty. Sure the deployments are stressful and very worrisome; but they end between 9-18 months (generally) and he gets his down time (typically these days 30 months)where the children and I were at ease. Police officers go out DAILY and NIGHTLY, no down time, always in danger. I believe that they are just as worthy of a 10% discount as military personnel. Neither job is easy, I fret when he's out policing and I fret when he's activated.
We don't expect or demand discounts under either umbrella (police or military); but we make use of discounts. Nothing wrong with that I would hope.
USA

Lancaster, CA

#166 May 19, 2013
I go out everyday for work to protect your sorry ass so I think I should sometimes be treated to a discount, even if it's just 5%. When your being robbed to killed call me so you can tell me how you don't like us face to face
dunno

Auckland, New Zealand

#167 Jun 4, 2013
Comment Samurai wrote:
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It's adorable that you think any of your opinions matter to anyone. Now hurry with my fries, before they get cold.
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Emmy

Madison, MS

#168 Jul 5, 2013
I don't know where you live but police officers do not make a lot of money by any means. They barely make enough to support their families. And they risk their life for you & your family. So yeah, I think they deserve a discount.
poet

United States

#169 Jul 12, 2013
I will be the first to tell you I am a cop and I don't ask for discounts nor do I expect a discount. Nor do I except any of any kind. I say if a police officer would ask for or take a discount would also be willing to take a bride or evidence he confiscates. I will also tell you it kills me to think of others feeling they are entitled to one for being a police officer. And yea we make good pay for the job we do. And I chose my profession the same as anyone else did theirs. To be a police officer it takes honesty and integrity and demands respect to be given to the ones we serve at all times.
Criminal Justice Student

Johnson City, TN

#170 Jul 17, 2013
Police officers choose to become cops, yes. They choose that life to help protect yours. Without Police, America would be lost- the are such a vital part of our society. Cops normally work 12 hour shifts and regularly incur overtime on top of that, and being an officer is definitely not an easy 'office' job- but do they complain? No. A lot of places offer discounts to on duty officers because of the work they do for the community. It is perfectly normal for a cop to ask for a Police discount, just like now it is perfectly fine for me to ask for a student discount. I grew up in a family who hated the Police and over the years I have learned that the only people who go out of their way to put down a Police Officer is someone who has something to hide.
Ricky

Jonesborough, TN

#171 Jul 21, 2013
They should gives us free food anytime we walk in the door
Local Police

United States

#172 Jul 23, 2013
I am a police officer and I actually turn down the freebie handouts. I don't want people thinking I OWE them a break when their butt is in trouble. Actually, I hate people, I just enjoy the adrenaline rushes.
Ricky

Jonesborough, TN

#173 Aug 9, 2013
Local Police wrote:
I am a police officer and I actually turn down the freebie handouts. I don't want people thinking I OWE them a break when their butt is in trouble. Actually, I hate people, I just enjoy the adrenaline rushes.
Them people you hate pay your salary buddy remember that

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