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Old 02-13-2010, 04:31 PM   #1
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Cool ems discounts on food and stuff

Do you guys know or have heard of places that give ems, fire and leo discounts on food or other stuff, where i currently work part time as a waitress my boss will only give discounts to leo i think its kinda mean he dosent do it to all ems, fire and leo but yea do you guys know any places maybe you have been that give discounts ? Do you take advantage of your job to get free things (ex. wear your uniform in to the store when your off duty or something like that)
if you do im not judging id probably do it too lol

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Old 02-13-2010, 04:41 PM   #2
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I've been given a crap load of toppings for no extra charge at Subway without asking, and Dominos has given me a pizza before, again without asking.

The martial arts studio next to my parents business gives discounts to Fire/LEO/EMS for self-defense training.

And Allstate said they give discounts to EMTs...

I don't wear my uniform off duty.
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Discounts are a courtesy. If you demand the discount or abuse it by going while off duty for it you can ruin it for everyone. Only idiots abuse those that respect us enough to give a discount.
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I know at least one Edwards Theaters (Regal Entertainment Group) cinema used to (not sure if they still do as I haven't worked at that theater in 6 years) gives discounts to fire and police while off duty.

I know that the Long John Silvers in Kirksville, MO gives a discount, but that's only because it's posted on their drive through. Regardless, since I was in town for a school interview both two times I was there I felt it to be inappropriate to take them up on that offer.

Unless something is advertised, I have no clue who offers what when off duty because I never identify myself as an EMT-B while off duty. Similarly, please don't take advantage of places (like hospital cafeterias) who offer free food to onduty EMS providers. I know of at least one So. Cal. hospital who stopped offering a discount after catching an AMR employee coming in on his day off in jeans and a uniform shirt just for the free food. Simply be thankful that it's there since they don't have to offer it.
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Old 02-13-2010, 05:06 PM   #5
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When I worked ambulance full time there were a few gas stations that would give us free coffee, usually only found out when we tried to pay. Also the IHOP we frequented would give us a discount, which we usually rolled right back over into a tip for our server. This was all when on duty, never off.
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Old 02-13-2010, 05:47 PM   #6
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And Allstate said they give discounts to EMTs...
Correct me if I'm wrong, but (having seen the commercial where this is mentioned), I'm pretty sure that the EMT discount is more cause we're expected to be "safer" people then the general populous and thus are less likely to get into an accident. I seem to remember that this was mentioned along with safe driver discounts, discounts for good grades, etc.

One of our local pizza places gives us free drinks when we go. It's not something we ask for, but it is a nice gesture.
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Old 02-13-2010, 06:52 PM   #7
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Occassionally we get discounts. Couple examples recently.

Starbucks- 100% off. We ran back to back ambulance calls and we stopped with the ambulance on the way back to the station. Unfortunately they appeared to be closing for the night so we turned around and started walking back to the ambulance. Just as we turned around, the manager came outside and told us they were still open and then proceeded to give us our drinks for free. Very nice gesture.

Also a local sub shop that is very popular with state and local leo as well as the fd was preparing an order for us when we were paged. The owner actually delivered all of our food and gave it to us free as most were still in gear and money was at the station.

We don't really have any local places that do discounts all the time, but every once in a while stuff like that happens. I think it is a nice way for local businesses to say thanks for the services the volunteer dept. provides.

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Old 02-13-2010, 09:40 PM   #8
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We are very rural so there are not many places. McDonalds gives us half off when we are on duty, Subway will give us a foot long for the price of a six inch, the local gas station gives us free pop/coffee.
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Extra toppings at sammich and burrito places (Qdoba, subway,etc). 50% at a few fast food places, the autozone gives 10% on or off duty (small county and they know most of us) That's the general gist of what we get for the various discounts. Almost all of the hospitals give employee discounts to on-duty EMS.

I've asked for a discount once without prompting and that was for a mover that advertised military discounts, I inquired if military extended to fire/police/ems and they said it did. 5%

I worked once with someone who demanded a discount at a store, I felt terrible for the employees =/
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Regal/ Edwards lets us in free if we are on duty, AMC doesn't. Off duty I haven't tried yet.

Disneyland also gives EMS discounts, it's only 10% but hey it's something. Knotts Berry Farm lets you in free, if you are on duty lol. I've heard of some of our guys posting near the park (on a very slow day and mind you it was on a IFT shift) and going in for a little bit. Again I haven't tried it.
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