Visited a local TSC store today and was informed by the cashier that TSC no longer gives a 10% military discount due to a corporate letter that was sent out indicating all TSC customers are special and active or retired military personnel were no more special and deserving of a discount that any other customer that walked in the door. I found one TSC store that is either ignorant of the corporate memo or chosing to ignore it. I believe veterans and active military should start informing Mr. James Wright, Chairman and CEO of TSC just how special military personnel are and if this policy is not rescinded there are other retail establishment who would appreciate our business. I know of no other group of people who might patronize a TSC store that has left home and family, travelled to a foreign country for extended periods, and accepted the fact they might not return due to an enemy bullet.That group seems very special to me and TSC corporate official need to be made aware of that fact.
This is from Circle of Moms (one opinion, not exactly mine):
Today at work, I was in the back office where most of our general mangers stuff is. I work at a large home improvement store. anyhow, I noticed letters that get sent to our general office from guests complaining or praising something about our store. I noticed one complaining that we don't give discounts to members of the military. I started thinking about this, and I don't really know how I feel. should we give them or not. obvious answer to most is a big HELL YEAH!! but why? there are MANY members of our community or country that put their life on the line EVERYDAY like policemen and firemen. they don't get a discount, and as far as I know havn't ever complained about not getting one. hell, fishermen risk their lives so we can have crab. should we give them discounts too? senior citizens don't get a discount at our store either-we're an equal opportunity bunch of cheapskates. I don't know, maybe it's the cynic in me working retail for 14 years that makes me feel this way. what do you think?
Newbernbears, I agree, and I'm retired military. I do appreciate the discount when offered though, and certainly won't complain about getting it. To me it's not so much a show of appreciation as a good marketing tool.
The issue here is not whether a retail establishment offers a discount or even the percentage of discount, but rather the corporate attitude toward people who have made sacrifices well beyond that of the local fireman or policeman to secure our country or protect our freedom. My problem with TSC is the corporate rationale and attitude expressed in the memo discontinuing their discount program. The basic question is whether veterans and active military personnel should patronize retail establishments that so openly express contempt for the contributions they have made.
LOL, wow...welcome to 2012. TSC stopped offering a military discount last year.
I boycotted them and started buying all my feed at Onslow Feed and Grain - although they don't offer a discount and are often times pricier than nationwide chains/TSC, and are further to drive. But damnit! I'm taking a stand!