Friend: Hey, (your name), how are you doing? I was wondering if you can do me a favour?
You: Yeah, sure, what is it?
Friend: I was wondering if you can get use your discount on this item for me?
^^ Have you ever had that conversation with a friend? I’m sure you have at one point. But your “friend” happens to be your BEST FRIEND so he/she isn’t too bothered with sharing their employee perks with you.
However, if that “friend” happens to be an acquaintance from high school, you know, the guy that was in the same Bio class asking, that’s a different question.
I use to work for Best Buy and during my years at Best Buy, the amount of people asking me for discount was surprising.
For example, I used to work at Forever 21 and only about 1 or 2 people have asked me. When I got hired at Best Buy, I suddenly became the most popular girl.
I am more than happy to help my best friends’ and my family to get a discount from work. But, the longer I worked there, the more frustrated I got with the amount of Facebook messages I’d get from people that never even talked to me in high school.
This is a typical message exchange between a high school classmate and I:
High School classmate: Hey. Can you get me a discount from Best Buy?
Me: Umm, depends. What is it?
HS: An (enter electronic device).
The only reason why I ask which item because I’m curious. Other than that, straight off the bat I wouldn’t get them a discount. They don’t ask how I’m doing, or what’s new. They don’t even say please or thank you!
Because they’re not my friends. We have no relationship whatsoever so I feel used. Why should I jeopardize my employee perks for some person I went to high school with? I know that it’s good to have a network of people but when it does more harm to me (Best Buy monitors your employee discount purchases) than good, then I refuse to do it. I mean, I don’t ask my acquaintances for their employee discounts – it’s just rude.
It just frustrates me that people can use me like a discount machine! People have the nerves to ask a stranger for a discounted Beats Headphones and then never talk to me again.
I’m not saying that you should befriend someone just for perks but I’m saying, be respectful of people’s discounts. If he/she isn’t your friend and you guys never talked before, don’t ask for something out of the blue.
If he/she is willing to give you a discount, congrats! That’s great BUT keep in mind that they’ll forever remember you as the person who leeched off them. Or at least, that’s what I think of the people that used me in the past.