This is offtopic, and I apologize to the OP. I'm done after this. Though I feel this needs addressing.
Wow... unpopular as MY opinion is likely to be... I already pay taxes which provide you with a rather large number of benefits available to those who served, and not to those who didn't.
From MY personal opinion, I don't think businesses should increase prices to non-military folks in order to accomodate giving that benefit to military folks. Fact of the matter is ANY business that does offer a military discount has to offset the cost of that discount. And unless your service was to promote and protect socialism (in terms of redistribution of wealth)... you shouldn't want that either.
Or are you simply another of those folks who thinks "I DESERVE something"... in other words, are you a leftist liberal?
Can't have it both ways dude.
I would expect more understanding from someone taking such a right wing/independent viewpoint. But because this is such a hot button for me, I'll go ahead and address it.
I guess if I could stop paying taxes all together, I'd feel a little different, and maybe even agree with you. Or how about when I was deployed overseas for 4 years (not married at the time), but still had to pay state taxes each year even though I only went home on leave (30ish days per year, if I was allowed to take it)? And so you can understand, the only time anyone hits any tax free in the military is when/if you are in a specific area of operation that is designated as a specific hostile environment/war zone where danger or bodily harm is likely/imminent. Soldiers have no say in this, that is your congress, war advisors that decide such.
The "'fact' of the matter is", you were more than welcome to sign on the dotted line and come on over here. We would have made sure you got a front row seat in Afghanistan/Iraq so that you can show us just how it's done, and how to do it with a smile on your face with no benefits. Or should I just be happy that I'm serving in place of your ungrateful butt? Because I love getting spit on for nothing. Any citizen is more than welcome to sign up. You have the freedom to do so and are not forced into it because of people like me, and all those that have served along side me, all those who will serve after, and have gone before me. You didn't serve though, did you? I ask this, because anyone that actually knows about the "benefits" that we are given wouldn't have such a blind/simple minded/uninformed opinion. And now, lucky you (and me)... it's too late for you to join.
I have a unique outlook because I am a citizen soldier now. I am not active duty anymore (well, I am currently, but only because I was mobilized). I live just as you do, though I'm sure I live far less comfortably, when I am not mobilized. I go to work, pay taxes, and complain about the punk kids in the neighborhood ruining my lawn the same as anyone else. My wife and I squeeze out a living as best we can when I'm home, and we dream of the same things as everyone else (House, Dog, 2 cars, 2.5 kids).
As for MY personal opinion? I think that if you haven't served, then you should shut your mouth. There are far greater evils at work within our country than soldiers getting military discounts. Period. If you want to complain about something, complain about the pigs on capitol hill lining their pockets while they send young soldiers off to die for oil or to prove that their agenda is right. Complain about the companies who through bad business practices have failed, and your tax dollars went to bail them out, but don't complain about those soldiers who have no choice but to follow their orders. Without them, you might have had to serve, and God knows I don't want you next to me in a fight. I did my time active duty. I got out, and then came back, to the reserves. I may not have the most common view of things, but ingrates like you piss me off. But that's MY opinion. And it isn't well received by everyone. I don't expect it to be. Apathy amongst Americans has been swelling for years.
I don't feel that I specifically "deserve" anything. But as an American, I think that if a business is going to offer discounts, then a military discount should be the top priority. Period. There is no greater group of folks you could give it to, or who DOES deserve it more (I felt the same before, during, and after my service). Perhaps you'd agree if there were an "angry middle aged man" discount? I work in retail sales when I'm not mobilized. You don't seem to understand the nature of most Americans, or how retail sales works. Discounts are given all the time for various reasons. And I agree, that stores shouldn't hike prices just to be able to offer a "discount" to the military or anyone else. I feel that a discount shows gratitude. So, I'd join you on your conquest against those businesses. But the fact remains, you seem like someone who is butthurt for some other reason and looking to lash out. Today, soldiers get to be the target of your middle aged angst. I do understand though. You have issues you should probably have looked at. Maybe if you didn't have to pay so much money out of pocket to the soldiers then you could afford to go get seen for your problems. Or, maybe if you didn't have to pay for the millions abusing welfare, the capitalist pigs, and the lobbyists in Washington. So, shake your balled up fist elsewhere in impotent fury. Declare a Jihad on something else, as some of our enemies might say. Basically...
Find a more worthy cause. This isn't it. I'm done. Enjoy your freedom. I have no intention of reading this thread in the future to see your response. Keep it to yourself. I won't allow myself to get caught up in your BS again. (and the crowds rejoice)
As I said previously, good luck to all of those who got screwed by this company. I hope that all of you get your money back, or your product. Either way, I hope it works out. It's a shame it's even allowed to happen the way it has/does.