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Poll: If a particular place has regularly given you free food in the past and a new clerk rings you up, you should:

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Ok so I thought it might be a fun topic to throw around.  Tell us your war stories about trying to eat on duty.


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Throwing a TV dinner in the microwave or sitting down to a subway, and the damn radio goes off.

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Funny you should bring this up, yesterday I ate where i normally eat on Sunday, and I usually get my lunch for 1/2 price, since it is the policy of the restruant, I usually tip 150% to cover the LEO discount.  Yesterday had a new waitress and was charged full price, I never said a word and paid full price, but only left about a 12% tip (this is an all you can eat buffet), it actually was less total cost to me than usual (meal + tip).  i have them trained in my town where I get my coffee refill and frequently a snack (the restruant I eat at on Sundays is several mile outside of town) to charge me for coffee and snacks, or i will leave the money on the counter.

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Funny you should bring this up, yesterday I ate where i normally eat on Sunday, and I usually get my lunch for 1/2 price, since it is the policy of the restruant, I usually tip 150% to cover the LEO discount.  Yesterday had a new waitress and was charged full price, I never said a word and paid full price, but only left about a 12% tip (this is an all you can eat buffet), it actually was less total cost to me than usual (meal + tip).  i have them trained in my town where I get my coffee refill and frequently a snack (the restruant I eat at on Sundays is several mile outside of town) to charge me for coffee and snacks, or i will leave the money on the counter.



Our agency has a strict policy about asking for a discount.  We have actually had officers terminated for doing this.  The policy is that you may accept a discount but you can not ask for one.  You will always be prepared to pay for anything you order ( This is the part about getting fired ).


My rule is that if its a free fountain drink at a store, great.  If I go eat somewhere I always leave the waitress a tip equal to half the total menu price.  I also have a habbit that If I go in and the store has a sign up NEED ONES, NEED QUARTERS, etc.  I go out of my way to find them some, purchase them and then let them buy em off me. 


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The food court has a restaurant that always tried to give me free or discounted food because I do security.  After about a dozen or so times telling them I shouldn't accept anything that's discounted, and "bargaining" by paying for my next meal when I couldn't get them to take my money, they finally started charging me full price every time.

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Had a local woman, the world's greatest complainer, walk up to me just as I was served my dinner. She stood next to my table complaining the whole time that I was trying to eat my dinner!  Worst caswe of heartburn that I ever had!


One place where I go for breakfats plays a little game. When the waitresses hear or see my motorcycle pull into their parking lot, they try to have my coffee, ice water and menu at the table before I can walk in the door. Usually, they win!


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always pay them something if not full price. when they say its free you flip them a five and thank them that way they cant say your on the arm

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Whenever I am given a discount i always tip them more or if a fast food place I take the money and stash it in my car to buy food for homeless people.

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Whenever I am given a discount i always tip them more or if a fast food place I take the money and stash it in my car to buy food for homeless people.



I never thought about that.  Buy a gift certificate and give them to the homeless or neighborhood kids. 


Good one  !


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Most of the time clerks/customers are pretty good about letting you go to the front of the line.


When I was an EMT, my medic and I order a sandwich. there was a family of four infront of us. The sandwiches were already made and wraped. The clerkwas having problems with the family using their credit card. We got a call and told the lady that we had cash and if we could grab the sandwiches real quick we had to go- knowing we'd not get a break for another couple of hours- the lady told us we would have to wait our turn. We said screw it and ran out, as she yelled at us "So you are going to waste these sandwiches?"


It took everythining me not to say anything. that was the worse service ever.


 

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In 30 years I have never accepted a free meal. There is a McDonalds close by that feeds the officers for free. even off duty there is no charge. I have  seen officers stop in from nearby communites. I feel it leaves a bad impression with the public. I once saw an officer from an outside community get enough food to feed a small army. I mentioned to him that he must really be hungry and he informed me, he picks up breakfast for his family every morning. Doesn't look good in my book.

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In 30 years I have never accepted a free meal. There is a McDonalds close by that feeds the officers for free. even off duty there is no charge. I have  seen officers stop in from nearby communites. I feel it leaves a bad impression with the public. I once saw an officer from an outside community get enough food to feed a small army. I mentioned to him that he must really be hungry and he informed me, he picks up breakfast for his family every morning. Doesn't look good in my book.



There is always a pile of horse manure if you walk around in a field long enough.  The police field is no exception.


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Most of the time clerks/customers are pretty good about letting you go to the front of the line.


When I was an EMT, my medic and I order a sandwich. there was a family of four infront of us. The sandwiches were already made and wraped. The clerkwas having problems with the family using their credit card. We got a call and told the lady that we had cash and if we could grab the sandwiches real quick we had to go- knowing we'd not get a break for another couple of hours- the lady told us we would have to wait our turn. We said screw it and ran out, as she yelled at us "So you are going to waste these sandwiches?"


It took everythining me not to say anything. that was the worse service ever.


 



In that situation, I would have taken the sandwiches with me and gone back and paid the manager later, let him know what happened.


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uncledennis1 says ...



In 30 years I have never accepted a free meal. There is a McDonalds close by that feeds the officers for free. even off duty there is no charge. I have  seen officers stop in from nearby communites. I feel it leaves a bad impression with the public. I once saw an officer from an outside community get enough food to feed a small army. I mentioned to him that he must really be hungry and he informed me, he picks up breakfast for his family every morning. Doesn't look good in my book.



There is always a pile of horse manure if you walk around in a field long enough.  The police field is no exception.



I suspect we all know officers like that, I knew a Pizza Hut that gave freee pizza to uniformed LEO's (I think they liked the LEO presence in the store), but ended up stopping that practice, one officer would put on his uniform and get  several pizzas for his family (to go) every day.

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 I direct traffic for a school and try to eat once a week with an officer friend. There's a nice little breakfast place that offers us free drinks. There have been other places that give us a 50% discount. I've learned quickly that a discount really doesn't matter much. The breakfast place knows us by name and treats us like family.


I know the local McDonalds gives a 20% discount. I've gotten it before, not that it was very appealing to eat unhealthy greasy food. I'm amazed to see officers going there regularly. Great way to stay fit!


I remember a loooong trip escorting the school football team across the state. We stopped in at a place that tried to offer a discount. I followed my officer friend's lead and tipped to balance out the discount. I felt a lot better about myself. It's a great feeling to be offered money off. But when you realize that the person serving you relies on tips to feed their families, it seems more fitting to be sure to give them a good tip anyways.

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We have to be in uniform around here for a discount.


We aren't allowed to wear the uniform in public.


So yep. No discount.

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Regarding "HP" eateries: I ignored any deal they presented. I just laid down the regular price of the meal and a decent tip for the server. I didn't get into an argument or debate with any bill presenter. Just paid, smiled and left. I also didn't go into a restaurant with currency where I had to get change. I went in with plenty of different denominsations to pay without any fuss at the register. Pretty easy when you think about it.


Let's see .. on the lighter side:


There was an actual ocassion where I saw an officer heat up a burrito by putting on the top of his patrol car motor.


Then, there was the time I settled a (report of) domestic violence incident by eating dinner with the opposing parties in their own home. (They were so struck by me sitting down and having dinner with them, the kinda forgot what they were arguing about. No arrest required on that one.)


Or how about eating carnitas in a field with an entire squad of officers at the end of graveyard shifts on Sunday mornings. Those were good times right there.


And the classic: Eating in your patrol unit, getting a hot call and having to throw it out the window to beat feet. Thoset were sad times right there.


 


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Yep, the window ditch. sucks.


Or After graveyard shift, everyone grabs all their leftover beerso that you can drink until the store on base opens up, and you all end up eating pizza pockets, downing beer and getting your coworkers on shift called on you because they thought one of you was going to jump off the balcony... all while singing garth brooks... yep friends in low places! <3! Miss my old section.


Or when people think it is funny to buy doughnuts and give it to you on post- You guys love these things right? they think we will get mad, I just take the box and thank them radio the rest of my section to come get some... they drive offlooking sad, hahhahahahaha

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Yeah, one of the good jokes to pull is find a coleague posted working radar and send the pizza man to him.  Of course you gotta pay for the pizza but it is worth it when you are around the corner and the pizza guy pulls up and hands him a pizza.  Make it something he doesn't like and its even a better joke.  The things we do in rural oklahoma !


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Yeah, one of the good jokes to pull is find a coleague posted working radar and send the pizza man to him.  Of course you gotta pay for the pizza but it is worth it when you are around the corner and the pizza guy pulls up and hands him a pizza.  Make it something he doesn't like and its even a better joke.  The things we do in rural oklahoma !



 


 


Can't wait to be a civilian cop!! Noting this!!

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My war stories don't really involve eating. They more involve the aftermath of the meal and me running 3 high back to the station poppin keepers on the way. I am sure many of you have been there and if you say you havent you are lying.

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At the place I work at, we don't do discounts but were on the same block as the PD so we get cops coming in and out. Were definitely a LE-friendly place.


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I don't think I am entitled to a discount, so I will not accept them. I pay full price, or I don't take it.

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My war stories don't really involve eating. They more involve the aftermath of the meal and me running 3 high back to the station poppin keepers on the way. I am sure many of you have been there and if you say you havent you are lying.



There's once place I dont go anymore cuz almost exactly 30 min later I make that run and it becomes an all day event. 


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My war stories don't really involve eating. They more involve the aftermath of the meal and me running 3 high back to the station poppin keepers on the way. I am sure many of you have been there and if you say you havent you are lying.



I have done the indian rain dance many times trying to get my duty gear off in .... preperation, lol.


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My war stories don't really involve eating. They more involve the aftermath of the meal and me running 3 high back to the station poppin keepers on the way. I am sure many of you have been there and if you say you havent you are lying.



I have done the indian rain dance many times trying to get my duty gear off in .... preperation, lol.



 


Make sure not to forget to put your gear back on if you get a hot call during a 10-200...not that that has ever happened to me or anythin....

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I am a civillian but I am required to be in a very similar uniform as the Deputies. I am a DUI tech/ Breath Test Operator. The local gas station usually will give us free coffee or fountian drink, I know this so i always go buy a gatoraid or something else with the drink so that the station makes at least some money off of me. I have tried to pay and they just wont let us. When we go other places such as perkins or denny where they give discounts we always are willing to pay full but if discounted we leave a tip to cover what the cost is.

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MAYES38 says ...



FCPD0341 says ...



My war stories don't really involve eating. They more involve the aftermath of the meal and me running 3 high back to the station poppin keepers on the way. I am sure many of you have been there and if you say you havent you are lying.



I have done the indian rain dance many times trying to get my duty gear off in .... preperation, lol.



 


Make sure not to forget to put your gear back on if you get a hot call during a 10-200...not that that has ever happened to me or anythin....



Oh yeah... ever leave your sidearm in the lockbox at the jail.... not me you know, but some people might have done that a time or two, lol


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     On a ride-along a few weeks ago, the Deputy and I head over to the Starbucks around the corner from the substation. We go in, order our drinks, I get my wallet out and she gets out a credit card. The cashier doesn't even ring up my Deputy's drink, but makes me pay full price. Which miffs me a little, especially because I was in uniform.


     Not that I'm bitter. (it was probably 'cause I didn't have a gun. LOL)


     Anyway, I'm happy to pay full price for  meal. The discount is more of a "Thank You" than a money saver.


 


 


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My first week on the job ( a green-as-new-spring-grass rookie ), I'm sitting in a back room just about to eat lunch, when my trainer yells out my name and says " Let's go !!" I figure it's going to be my first code run, so I throw my lunch in the trash and sprint out to the car ( beating my trainer to it, no less !! ). No one there; I turn around and half the shift is in the doorway laughing at me. Nice guys !!!

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