Pawnshops: 10 Things to Know »
Most people think of pawn stores as a way to make cash quickly or a place to buy an inexpensive ring. In reality, they're a lot more complex than simple buy-and-sell transactions…
I shopped at least once a week at Boyer's Hazleton for several years now. They sell the cheapest ground pork, mussels, and pink salmon in the Hazleton Area. During the Christmas season, I loved their outdoor seafood market. When I turned 62 three years ago, I decided to visit Boyer's on Tuesdays to take advantage of the 5 percent senior citizen discount. I felt privileged on Tuesdays.Things changed last April 4, 2017. After the cashier told me my total purchase, I casually informed her that I was a senior citizen. Incidentally, I am of Asian descent and I don't look like a typical 65-year old person. So I didn't mind reminding the cashier that I am a senior citizen. The cashier looked at me and said "How old are you?" I was surprised because I had been doing this for 3 years now at Boyer's and at Foodtown (in Hazleton) and every cashier just took my word for it. But I also knew that sooner or later someone will ask me about my age. So I was not at all offended by the question.I told the cashier that I was 65 years old and I showed her my driver's license. She said "You don't look like a senior citizen," trying to make it sound like a complement. Anyway, she did not give me my 5 percent discount. She told me to go to the Customer Service counter to claim it.I decided not to claim the discount anymore. I also decided that that will be the last time I will shop at Boyer's Hazleton.