FREEBIES because someone LIKES you

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    Jul 14, 2011 9:22 PM GMT
    Today I went to hike in a National Park. The park pass fee is $3. When I went to get my pass in the Visitor Center, a family from Germany just finished paying $15 (five of them). I was up next and said "One pass please." The guy at the counter responded "You're good," then pointed to my wrestling T-shirt (Michigan State Wrestling). He then lifted his uniform shirt to reveal a wrestling T-shirt underneath. Awesome!

    Have you ever been given free things from strangers because they have similar interests or liked being around you?

    P.S. That freebie made up for my getting lost and walking a mile on a highway with no curb to get back on trail. And the tick crawling in my goatee on the ride back home. icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 14, 2011 9:23 PM GMT
    NEVAAAARRR
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    Jul 14, 2011 9:24 PM GMT
    Definitelyicon_biggrin.gif

    At work, I give coupons and discounts to people who share my interest in reading, etc. Also, if the person's in a good mood I try to reward that.
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    Jul 14, 2011 9:27 PM GMT
    If they're in a good mood, they don't need a reward! Give something to someone in a bad mood and you might turn it around. icon_razz.gif
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    Jul 14, 2011 9:27 PM GMT
    Yea one time a bartender kept giving me free shots. Fun night :-).
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    Jul 14, 2011 9:32 PM GMT
    Chainers saidYea one time a bartender kept giving me free shots. Fun night :-).

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    Jul 14, 2011 9:33 PM GMT
    SkinnyBitch saidIf they're in a good mood, they don't need a reward! Give something to someone in a bad mood and you might turn it around. icon_razz.gif


    bleh, who needs complainers, i'm trying to live my life according to positive feedback cyclesicon_twisted.gif
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    Jul 14, 2011 9:35 PM GMT
    I get freebies all the time but they are usually from kind Chinese or Korean grandmas.

    The only one time I got a freebie from a guy was when I was in Hawaii and a surfer guy who gave me a free popsicle And just now, the guy was suppose to give me a body scrub only, but instead he gave me a body scrub and massage. icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 14, 2011 9:52 PM GMT
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    Chainers saidYea one time a bartender kept giving me free shots. Fun night :-).

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    Lol yes that happened, except I woke up and my ass was lubed.
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    Jul 14, 2011 9:52 PM GMT
    mmhmm I got a massive discount on getting photos printed after he caught me checking him out a few times hahaha.

    The first time I laughed a little, the second time he blushed and stammered.. the third time well, he could barely talk to me by that time hahaha

    I got that number though!
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    Jul 14, 2011 9:57 PM GMT
    Chainers said
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    Chainers saidYea one time a bartender kept giving me free shots. Fun night :-).

    [date rape pics]


    Lol yes that happened, except I woke up and my ass was lubed.


    That would explain why my broom handle was sticky and smelled of ass...
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    Jul 14, 2011 10:47 PM GMT
    Rarely... usually I'm the one who gives out the additional discounts and stuff... but it's not because I'm attracted to them (usually it's a female for christ sake... ) but because they're nice.


    I usually get some sort of discount if the place is personable though. Weirdly.
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    Jul 15, 2011 12:46 AM GMT
    Just when I was losing faith in the human condition last week I was buying food for a group of people at an outdoor hamburger shack and when I came up short sixty cents for someone's fries and apologized that I couldn't leave a tip for her the cashier bought them for me! Made my day.
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    Jul 15, 2011 12:52 AM GMT
    There was a guy at a department store cologne counter that used to give me a dozen samplers whenever I went in to buy cologne.

    Either he thought I was cute or that I smelled. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 15, 2011 12:53 AM GMT
    Drinks at the gay bar from old trolls on infrequent ventures into the megathupergayborhood.
    I got a free chocolate chip cookie from one of the flaming high school kids working the register at Pei Wei a few nights ago because I was wearing my livestrong bracelet.

    And that's it.
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    Jul 15, 2011 1:32 AM GMT
    Got a free meal in Maine b/c I was wearing my college track shirt & the manager was on the track team as well, before my time. I don't think he really gave two shits about me, just my shirt.
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    Jul 15, 2011 1:36 AM GMT
    wrestlervic saidHave you ever been given free things from strangers because they have similar interests or liked being around you?
    Quite often, yes. My most common freebie is sushi and sake...probably more because I spend a shitload of money on it, though.
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    Jul 15, 2011 1:37 AM GMT
    ILmarathonrunner saidGot a free meal in Maine b/c I was wearing my college track shirt & the manager was on the track team as well, before my time. I don't think he really gave two shits about me, just my shirt.


    When guys do stuff like this for other guys, I kind of think of it as having an unspoken, intimate sexual exchange. And today I had it with that wrestler. icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 15, 2011 4:01 AM GMT
    I always reverse fees, or a NSF charge at work with the right customers. The cute ones especially icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 15, 2011 4:54 AM GMT
    wrestlervic saidWhen guys do stuff like this for other guys, I kind of think of it as having an unspoken, intimate sexual exchange. And today I had it with that wrestler. icon_wink.gif


    You of all people should know that could be part of it, matmen being the creatures that they are. icon_wink.gif If that had happened to me I would've at least put off the hike. "Shop talk" would've been fun, a match out back during his break or after his shift awesome, and male bonding of the sexual kind the stuff of lifelong memories. A forum troll here is known for his repetitive posting of street signs marked "You Cruise/You Lose." My motto OTOH is "You can't win if you don't play."
    Tempers were short and the lines long at the grocery store one December evening. The lady in front of me was three cents short. So I handed the needed pennies to the cashier and wished the woman a merry Christmas. More embarrassed than grateful, she left in a huff - whatever. When my purchases had been rung up and bagged, I moved to pay. The straight-appearing (and probably straight) guy who was next in line handed his discount card to the cashier. "Use that on his bill." Since that saved me six bucks and change I was quick to offer thanks. "No, no; I saw what you did. Merry Christmas to you." icon_cool.gif
    Last month a flight I was on got stuck on the runway for over an hour due to storms. People were PISSED. As is typical, passengers kept haranguing the flight attendants demanding to know when we'd be taking off and kvetching about how grossly inconvenienced they were. I traded rolled eyes with one of the attendants whenever she looked in my direction. Sincerely not knowing how the rule about long delays went, when it was time for beverage service I asked that same attendant whether the circumstances meant that the airline wouldn't charge for alcohol. She said, "Not in weather-related instances, no; sorry." Then she leaned over and whispered, "But what would you like?" I got slipped a free cold Heineken with a wink and a "You're a very cool person." icon_cool.gif
    Don't get the wrong impression, whatever halo I have is mostly tarnished. icon_wink.gif And I don't own the looks of someone who everybody wants to serve in more ways than one. That's all the more proof that you can't go wrong with the Golden Rule and "paying it forward."
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    Jul 15, 2011 6:03 AM GMT
    I started working as a bar back at two gay bars a few months back and the regulars will buy me a drink or pay for a game of pool when I'm out and about on my nights off. The favor is almost always returned since it's what I'd do normally for someone buying me a drink and it's also good for business when I'm behind the bar. The gesture is always appreciated but one of the last things I'd want is for someone to think I owe them anything. I'm a firm believer in Karma and will do nice things for people who need them or just out of the blue to make someone's day better.
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    Jul 15, 2011 6:11 AM GMT
    ugh, awkward one for me...

    subway, dumpy lil homo working...

    one guy makes the sub, passes it down, he says, oh, for you no charge (winks...) gross. i smile and accept the new found money i have for starbucks now, yay me.

    im filling my drink at the corner but still within earshot, i hear, "what kind did he have anyway?" other guy says "footlong ham", dumpy replies ... "ooo i bet"...


    now i cant go back there.
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    Jul 16, 2011 10:12 AM GMT
    Some good stories here!
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    Jul 16, 2011 10:40 AM GMT
    A couple of times I haven't had to pay covers at bars. And I walked into a gay bar in my old college town and the bartender, who I didn't know at all, gave me like five free drink chips.

    *shrug*
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    Jul 16, 2011 11:08 AM GMT
    Yeah, sometimes I get free stuff or if I don't have money with me or not enough, they say just take it LOL. I've noticed that Latinos are the ones that do it the most, we need to support each other in this evil White man's world icon_evil.gificon_evil.gificon_evil.gif LOL j/k hahaha but yeah maybe cuz I'm Latino too.