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Never return to that Schlotsky's. 7%
Continue to receive discount, if discounts stop, flirt. 46%
Return to Scholtsky's, commence fisticuffs. 0%
Smile, bat my eyelids, and ask for a free meal. 46%

Votes: 13

 Am I a 75-cent whore?

 Author:  Topic:  Posted:
Apr 25, 2002
The ladies in house will have to help me out with this. I am not used to it.

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I eat a certain Schlotsky's, a lot. In fact, it is my favorite restaurant. They have an excellent veggie sandwich, good service, and a nice atmosphere for studying.

This particular restaurant is run by a middle-aged man from India and his early-20's son. I've often wondered about the sexual orientation of the son. It can be hard to operate my admittedly weak gaydar when someone is wearing the stock uniform of a fast-casual restaurant. But there are still signs. First, he is good looking. Not in the rugged heterosexual kind of way, but in that unnatural kind of way that drives the women wild. Second, he wears a lot of jewelry. Yes, I know, so do a lot of young Indian men, but most tend to limit it to a single, tasteful silver bracelet. This fellow has 4 bracelets and 2 large beaded necklaces. That strikes me as excessive.

So anyway, I eat there a lot. He makes small talk, and asks me about school sometimes. Fine. But today, he rang up my order, and it was less than six dollars. This struck me as odd, because my order is always more than six dollars. I sat down with my chips and waited for my sandwich. There it was on my receipt:

-0.75 COUPON

What should I do? I am not intersted in this guy, not even his gender. But I would like to continue receiving 75-cent discounts. But what about the guilt; what if I feel dirty? OR am I flattering myself? Is he just giving me this discount for being a loyal customer?

I mostly direct these questions to the sassy ladies of Adequacy. Being the wonderful, attractive (I'm assuming) bunch that you are, I am sure you run into this sort of thing all the time.


My two cents' worth (5.00 / 1) (#1)
by chloedancer on Thu Apr 25th, 2002 at 10:38:00 PM PST
One evening a few years ago I was at the local watering hole passing the time watching the world go by and conversing with my oh-so-gay friend, Tim. A cute guy walked in and Tim amused himself over the next hour or so watching us check each other out. Eventually the cute guy made his approach (once he'd realized that Tim and I weren't a couple) and struck up a conversation with me. All the while, Tim watched, bemused and silent.

Eventually the cute guy decided I'd passed whatever test he'd devised and asked me "So, what are you doing tomorrow night?" Without missing a beat, I replied "Having dinner with you." Tim exclaimed "Food whore!" and erupted with laughter; my response was "Hey, I didn't say that I expected him to pick up the tab, did I?" Tim conceded, giving me "points for style."

Likewise, in your situation, you cannot absolutely determine the guy's intentions -- you can only observe his actions. All that happened was that he gave you a discount... If it were me, the next time I was in, I'd say "Hey, I noticed that and wanted to say thank you; I appreciated your consideration" (if you've not done so already). He gave you the discount without you having made any effort to angle for it and it doesn't seem that he's implied any specific interest. If, however, he does express specific interest in the future, I've little doubt that you'll be able to promptly address it with levity and grace.

Why feel guilty or dirty for something that hasn't specifically happened? For all you know, it may have been as simple as a random act of kindness. Expressing your appreciation may be all that's required ot continue this fortunate circumstance.

75 cents is a lot of money (none / 0) (#2)
by anti filidor on Thu Apr 25th, 2002 at 10:58:54 PM PST
Do what you think is within the limits of prudence in order to contine getting this discount. With the money you save, you will be able to afford to to take some chick in there, which will settle the matter for this fellow (if he is gay) once and for all.

Well... (none / 0) (#3)
by hauntedattics on Fri Apr 26th, 2002 at 06:11:02 AM PST
at this point, you don't want to make any assumptions (having, as you said, pretty weak gaydar). So why not just accept the coupon as a nice gesture, and thank the management? If it happens again, ditto.

A 75-cent coupon is an awfully subtle and unextravagant way to come on to someone. Chalk it up to good customer relations and keep eating there. It'd be a shame to forsake a regular hangout over such a small thing.

The answer? (none / 0) (#6)
by First Incision on Fri Apr 26th, 2002 at 05:06:11 PM PST
I am not sure if this changes my interpretation or not (I still think he's gay, and likes having me around). Schlotsky's website has E-coupons and the savings for a regular sandwich are (you guessed it) 75 cents.

Next time I go to the store, I will bring one of these, thus saving face and $0.75US
Do you suffer from late-night hacking? Ask your doctor about Protonix.

Bring a woman, too (none / 0) (#7)
by gzt on Fri Apr 26th, 2002 at 05:18:53 PM PST
Or complain about one to him. Or say something like, "Gee, I sure do enjoy vaginal sex."

Obviously, you lie (5.00 / 2) (#4)
by Adam Rightmann on Fri Apr 26th, 2002 at 09:55:08 AM PST
for the homosexual agenda says that homosexuals know who they are, and would never, ever, ever, ever, ever dare to seduce a straight man. According to them you are born either homosexual or straight, and no amount of perverted experience or God Hating actions can turn a woman loving man into a homosexual.

A. Rightmann

try this... (none / 0) (#5)
by Anonymous Reader on Fri Apr 26th, 2002 at 02:49:20 PM PST
Next time when he serves your table give him a good hard pinch on the bottom. His reactions will confirm it one way or the other.

That won't tell you much. (none / 0) (#8)
by elenchos on Fri Apr 26th, 2002 at 05:36:20 PM PST
The sure way is to just go to bed with him. If he is clumsy and shy, he's straight. If he's gay, you'll find him confident and skilled.

I do, I do, I do
--Bikini Kill

And I thought women... (none / 0) (#9)
by poltroon on Fri Apr 26th, 2002 at 07:31:10 PM PST
were famous for having minds which overanalyze trivial events and arrive at the least likely conclusions.

Considering that the guy is a guy, maybe you should go by the rule of thumb that there's no subtext to his actions.

This explains why there are more male scientists (none / 0) (#25)
by John Milton on Tue Apr 30th, 2002 at 06:20:21 AM PST
It's telling that it took a male mind to come up with Occam's razor. I wonder what women would have developed.

-John Milton

Occam's depilator? [n/t] (none / 0) (#26)
by because it isnt on Tue Apr 30th, 2002 at 07:15:16 AM PST -- because it isn't

Yes. Yes you are. (n/t) (none / 0) (#10)
by Anonymous Reader on Sat Apr 27th, 2002 at 02:28:47 AM PST

Uggh (none / 0) (#11)
by Anonymous Reader on Sat Apr 27th, 2002 at 06:32:03 AM PST
Well thank you for my daily does of banality.

You are reading way too much into it (none / 0) (#12)
by Anonymous Reader on Sat Apr 27th, 2002 at 10:44:23 AM PST
He is thanking you for your repeat business. Most places try to make their regular customers happy.

In reality: (none / 0) (#13)
by tkatchev on Sat Apr 27th, 2002 at 10:53:27 AM PST
I see only two alternatives:
  1. Either the author is really a female personage playing an online travesty game. (To be honest, when I first read the diary, I was absolutely sure it was written by a woman, for various reasons.)
  2. Or, the author is projecting his own secret sexual fears/hopes into quite mundane everyday things, sort of like how schoolkids go crazy in springtime.

Peace and much love...

Wow tkatchev (none / 0) (#14)
by First Incision on Sat Apr 27th, 2002 at 11:08:57 AM PST
You read me like a book.
Do you suffer from late-night hacking? Ask your doctor about Protonix.

But seriously. (none / 0) (#15)
by tkatchev on Sat Apr 27th, 2002 at 11:51:07 AM PST
There are some points to be made. For example, your focus on the guy's jewelry and such, whereas a male would focus on his mannerisms and gestures. Your obsessive linkage of sex and money -- men usually link sex with "dirt", hence their unhealthy obsession with anal sex and fear of menstruation. Your fixation on "self-image"; men usually obsess about whether others "respect" them, not about how strangers judge their image.


Peace and much love...

You seem a little confused (none / 0) (#16)
by Anonymous Reader on Sat Apr 27th, 2002 at 12:50:04 PM PST
Gays are not male in the true sense of the word, so why would male attributes apply to First Incision?

Gays like girlie stuff like jewels and flowers and wearing pink panties.

Sheesh... You're pretty ignorant even for a Russian.

"Anonymous Reader" (none / 0) (#17)
by tkatchev on Sat Apr 27th, 2002 at 01:23:03 PM PST
Jeez, why not try to read the post you are replying to before mouthing off next time, huh?

Some points: a) "First Incision" specifically stated that he is not gay. b) Even if he is gay, that doesn't mean that he has feminine traits; maybe he is simply confused. c) Even if he is gay and even if he has excessive homosexual tendencies that doesn't at all imply that he didn't acquire male psychological characteristics in childhood. We're talking about something completly orthogonal to sex here -- namely, the socialization of different gender groups.

Peace and much love...

Or, (none / 0) (#18)
by First Incision on Sat Apr 27th, 2002 at 03:21:01 PM PST
Maybe I am simply starving for the attentions of chloedancer and hauntedattics. I wouldn't be the first guy to act feminine to attract the ladies.
Do you suffer from late-night hacking? Ask your doctor about Protonix.

it doesn't work (none / 0) (#19)
by nathan on Sat Apr 27th, 2002 at 04:44:47 PM PST
Proof: during the period of my life where I apparently was unknowingly a magnet for some gay men, I got zero dates.

Li'l Sis: Yo, that's a real grey area. Even by my lax standards.

But, dear... (none / 0) (#21)
by hauntedattics on Mon Apr 29th, 2002 at 10:08:18 AM PST
How do you know that I'm not a gay man?



the thought had occurred to us... [nt] (none / 0) (#23)
by Anonymous Reader on Mon Apr 29th, 2002 at 04:05:39 PM PST

OK... (none / 0) (#27)
by hauntedattics on Tue Apr 30th, 2002 at 07:38:18 AM PST
Maybe I'm a gay man trapped in a straight woman's body.


As an Indian... (none / 0) (#20)
by Anonymous Reader on Sat Apr 27th, 2002 at 07:44:40 PM PST
As an Indian male, maybe I might be able to cast some light on this issue.

First of all, Indian guys are a bit reserved. We're not exactly known for being outgoing womanizers. Something to do with culture, tradition, yadda yadda. Maybe that's why he might seem a little gay to you, he probably isn't.

Secondly, are you sure he is trying to hit on you with a 75 cent coupon? I mean, come on, we might not be a race of Don Juan's, but I think that we have better ways of showing interest in women.

I know you posed this question to the ladies, but I think that you are over-analyzing this in true feminine fashion. No offense.

Of course, I could be wrong.

first incision is a guy [nt] (none / 0) (#22)
by Anonymous Reader on Mon Apr 29th, 2002 at 04:04:27 PM PST

The person you relplied to knew that. n/t (none / 0) (#24)
by Anonymous Reader on Tue Apr 30th, 2002 at 03:22:12 AM PST


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