Example: [Collected via e-mail, March 2011]
I'm a Soldier, and sometimes businesses show their support for our troops by giving them a military discount. I was shopping at Macy's and when we went to check out my sister-in-law asked if there was a military discount. The cashier replied that they only give military discounts a couple days a year. That didn't upset me, I understand that businesses run on profits and so if they don't offer a military discount it is not a problem for me. My problem with Macy's is that the cashier went on to say that they did have a "foreigner's discount" of 11% EVERY DAY. They only have to show that they are citizens of any country but the United States of America. I was totally shocked. I asked if she was sure, and she called her manager to confirm. I dropped my purchases and left the store. To double tap it and make sure I wasn't getting it twisted (since I was having a hard time believing that they would be so un-American) I asked another sales associate, and she confirmed it.
So Macy's doesn't support my husband and friends that are fighting for our country, but they would support the ones trying to kill them. As long as Macy's supports anyone with citizenship in any country but our own instead of the Soldiers that give them the right to make that choice, I will never patronize that store.
I ask you to forward this email and let everyone you know about this so that we can let them know that Americans support our military, and we are appalled that they choose to support foreigners over our troops.
Remember, it's not that they don't give us a discount, it's that they DO give one to foreigners instead.
Origins: A common form of urban legend centers on the misperception that foreigners and immigrants are provided with all sorts of financial incentives and handouts — tax exemptions, free housing, new cars, clothing allowances — not available to U.S. citizens and residents. This item is of similar ilk, decrying the notion that the Macy's chain of department stores regularly offers generous discounts to foreigners, but seldom offers them to U.S. military personnel. It is correct that Macy's has been providing international visitors with discounts on merchandise at all its U.S. stores, but it misses the mark by failing to note that Macy's also provides similar or better discounts to domestic residents, military personnel, and seniors much more often than "a couple of days a year."
As described on the Visitor Services and Tourism section of Macy's web site, through
Excludes: Everyday Values (EDV), specials, super buys; furniture, mattresses, floor coverings, rugs, electrics/electronics; cosmetics, fragrances, selected licensed Depts. Not valid on previous purchases, special orders, special purchases, services, jewelry, trunk shows, macys.com, gift cards, payment on credit accounts; restaurants, gourmet foods, wine.
And one day each month, Macy's offers an additional 10% to 15% discount to active duty and retired military personnel (and their families) and to senior shoppers.
*Excludes certain items, check Macy's Stores for details.