Do you think family members should take advantage of the staff discount?

@911Ricki (13591)
Canada
April 28, 2013 4:25pm CST
Now my older brother thinks I should buy him crickets at work, adn give him my staff discount. I simple say no, he can buy a few thousand crickets for $30. I get the discount because I work there. My parents think the same thing as well, with their dog food. They expect me to buy it for them with my discount. I know a few people who say the samething as well, and I don't think they deserve the discount either.
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@stary1 (6619)
• United States
28 Apr 13
I always felt discounts were a perk for employees and their families. I also think employers feel the same or they would say it's only for employees personal use. I don't know why you would not want to share a benefit unless they abused the privilege.
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• United States
29 Apr 13
Is that they treat her like crap a good reason? I wouldn't give them squat.
@mariaperalta (19089)
• Mexico
28 Apr 13
Do you think if he worked at place you needed or wanted a discount hed give it to? If you say no, then no. If you say yes then yes...
@911Ricki (13591)
• Canada
29 Apr 13
Nope, he would never help me out. Now his wife she offered to order hay for me through her work, so I would do it for her.
• Mexico
29 Apr 13
There you go.. real easy. Tell him no way Jose !!!
@911Ricki (13591)
• Canada
29 Apr 13
Exactly, it just gets annoying after awhile. Also, how I will jip him out of crickets, he makes it like everyone is out to get him.
@dagami (1162)
• Rome, Italy
29 Apr 13
if your store didn't give you a maximum amount of purchase for that discount card, then i don't see any harm why your family and close friends can't take advantage of this. this is even good for the business. they will buy from your store instead of going to competitors.
@911Ricki (13591)
• Canada
29 Apr 13
But then the store is loosing money by using a discount strictly for employees?
@lilybug (21145)
• United States
28 Apr 13
I have bought things for family members using my employee discount before. Family members I don't see what is wrong with it unless your work prohibits things like that.
@911Ricki (13591)
• Canada
29 Apr 13
Most places here strictly want it for you, and not your family. One lady who retired still gets the discount which I don't understand why.
• United States
30 Apr 13
I don't see a problem with letting friends and family get your employee discount..as long as they give you money to pay for whatever you're buying for them. When I used to work at Victoria's Secret I let my boyfriend's sister get stuff when I was able to get things for 50 off. Now I work at the Ugg store and I've gotten my mom boots and she's given me money for them. One of my friends from Victoria's Secret works at my new job with me now and she's gotten me stuff from VS using her discount as long as I give her cash. To me it's not a big deal as long as the people pay you back. If I'm already at work I don't mind picking something up for someone as long as I get the money back
@JohnRok1 (2051)
30 Apr 13
Morally it could depend on whether the company actually makes a loss on what staff buy when they use the staff discount. If your firm still make a slight profit, why not? Your family might otherwise have taken their business elsewhere. On the other hand, if it actually costs your firm money every time you use your staff discount, then you should only use it for your own purposes (that includes household expenses, prezzies you're giving, etc). Of course, you can buy things with staff discount and sell them on at a profit ... and get sacked ... To us in the UK, crickets are those little insects like grasshoppers that go chirp and we don't hear them around much these days? Is that what you mean by crickets?
@aabuda (1725)
• Philippines
30 Apr 13
I think we should also love our job where we work to. That discount is exclusively for staffs so we have to think that if we give that privileged with our family members then, we are taking advantage of our position wherein, our company will never be happy about it.
@sencis (25)
• Latvia
29 Apr 13
I think it is your choice to buy your friends and family members stuff with your discount, but I think it is not your obligation to do so.
@jkct02 (2859)
• Malaysia
29 Apr 13
Why do you think they don't deserve the staff discount? I guess it is because they are not the staff there. When I worked in a supermarket, I bought all the grocery and merchandise for my family including something that my family used personally. I got discounts for all my purchases. But there was a amount limit for staff discounts. As long as the discounts were well below the limit and were for the staff's family, the management was comfortable with that.
@kokomo (1867)
• Philippines
29 Apr 13
You are lucky you have that privilege in your work but I think if your family and friends will abuse it then it is bias for others and I think it is an unjust behavior. Yeah, it is good if moderate if not, it is being abused.
• United States
29 Apr 13
Employee discounts are given to encourage the employees to shop there, instead of other places. My boyfriend works at Walmart. If I want something discounted, he can buy it using his discount, but I cannot. If he gave me his discount card to use, he could be fired. When I worked at Sears, I used to buy things for my family, using my discount. They even had a Friends & Family event where friends and family members of employees could come and shop while getting the employee discount. It was a way that Sears could get more customers to come in and spend money. Share your discount with your family. If your brother wants crickets, go shopping WITH him. If your parents need dog food, come along and help carry the bag. Act as you're a customer. But do NOT do it if you're ringing them up-you'll get caught and fired.
• United States
29 Apr 13
The places I worked only the employees could use the discount. I know at JC Penney's they have a friends and family night the first week in December that is by invitation only. One year I had two extra passes and gave one to my mother and one to my next door neighbor (they did not ask I offered it to them and they accepted). I know once I worked at Staples and we had an employee discount week and my neighbor had no money to buy her kids school supplies so I had bought the supplies with my money and discount. Once my neighbor got a job she paid me back.
@SomeCowgirl (32256)
• United States
29 Apr 13
I don't think my family honestly knew I had a discount, or remembered until well tonight when I told my grandmother. Though they know if they want me to get them something then they are going to give me the money and let me do it myself. My discount is linked to my rewards card of course, so they couldn't get it even if they wanted to without me.
@MATT69AC (335)
• United States
29 Apr 13
For friends and family I would buy the item my self with the discount and just have them pay me back. I find that there is nothing wrong with that, But I can see how some people would have problems with that.
@Anji1985 (47)
• France
29 Apr 13
I mean, if they ask you to buy once or twice with your staff discount then it's ok, and if it's within a good space of time frame. But if it's like every week then that's excessive, and then you don't want your employer to think you're taking advantage of your discount. Maybe you can just explain it to your family, that you wouldn't mind getting things for them, but that it shouldn't be excessive. I'm sure they would understand.
• United States
29 Apr 13
I totally feel you on this one. I work at a electronics store and my discount use to be for family members, but people keep abusing the discount, so now the discount is for me only or your husband/wife. Your family should take into consideration that you work at a business. If you kept giving them your discount, in a way there are robbing you and your business. THe business did not hire them, they hired you. So that mean you and you alone should be the only one using the discount. Now if you want to buy them a gift using your discount, thats cool. We're allowed to do that too. But if we are caught using the discount for a friend or family member, we a immediately fired! that's how serious it is. If you employer found out you were abusing your discount, would you be terminated?
• United States
29 Apr 13
Is it a matter of not deserving or not qualifying? You are an employee so you get a discount. If the family is allowed by the company to use the discount, I see no problem except that they are sh!tty to you any other time. I wouldn't give them my card either for that reason even if the company allowed it. The way I see it, they probably wouldn't even spend their money there if not for your discount. If they aren't loyal customers anyway, it would just be taking advantage of the company.
@GardenGerty (112683)
• United States
28 Apr 13
It all depends on the store policy. I have not worked in that many stores, but whenever I worked at Wal Mart it was that you could buy for the household you lived in on your discount. I worked in a dairy store/burger joint that all purchases I made went on my time card and I got a discount, but they encouraged you to buy treats for friends, etc. that way. So in both those instances, it would have been okay to buy for family and in the dairy store, for friends as well. On the other hand if your company forbids it you need to honor that company policy.
@Porcospino (25972)
• Denmark
28 Apr 13
My sister-in-law works in a shops where they sell tools and she gets a staff discount. She has bought things for her boyfriend, her boyfriend's father and my husband in the shop, and I never thought that it was wrong of her use her staff discount that way. One day her boss approached her and asked she why had used her staff discount so many times in the last couple of months, and she has decided to take a small break and stop buying things for her family for a while. We don't want to her in trouble of course, but I don't think that it was wrong of her to buy things for her family.
@BarBaraPrz (23540)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
28 Apr 13
I don't think you should abuse your discount privilege, especially as they buy the bargain brands anyway.