Scotsman Cashes in With Fake "Ginger Discount Card"

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Do you have pale skin, bright red hair, and no soul? Then you're in luck! You can get yourself a ginger discount card. That's what Richard Mcrae of Aberdeen, Scotland did. A friend made him the fake but official-looking card as a gag gift for Mcrae's thirtieth birthday. Mcrae has put it to good use. He's presented it to good-natured sales clerks and waiters, who have responded by giving him discounts:

“People have always given me stick for my hair colour but now I’m going out three nights a week and saving a fortune. The joke’s on them,” said Mr Macrae.

“It comes out with me more than my bank card. My reputation precedes me: once I was asked by a security guard if I was the ‘ginger discount guy’.

“I ask if they do the ginger ­discount and when they look confused, I slide across my card.

“Usually everyone gets the humour behind it. Some people look confused and wonder if it’s real, which is always a laugh, but most get the joke. I’ve saved a couple of hundred pounds maybe, with money off booze, taxis, food and club entries. Over four years it fairly builds up.”

-via Glenn Reynolds


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Once sold an item you could get in a doctors office for free (the plastic eye protectors for dilated procedures). If confronted with that fact just said that yes you can but I'm the only person selling them retail in this area. Sounds convincing and non-threatening.
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Some years ago someone used a B+Q (British DIY shop) 10% off discount card all over the US. He waved it at all sorts of people when paying and it almost always got accepted. Once, someone challenged it, and asked what B+Q stood for. "Bush and Quayle" he replied. "Oh. That's OK." and got the 10% off.
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