Anger sets in
Though he warned her, she still rose from her chair and twisted her hair back. She began to walk on purpose in every step. She had a target in sight and was determined.
She took her receipt and hit it on the counter where the cashier was sitting. She asked him what that meant, she felt humiliated. She asked the cashier to fetch the manager. Little did she know that wasn’t the right choice!
Wife and mother
A hardworking mother with two children who devotes all her free time to them does not find it easy when she is also a woman, a military woman. This is Suzanne Parkinson.
Her temper had been tested by countless things all week, but she’d kept her cool so far. But what happened in the restaurant made her heat up with anger and clench her jaw.
Not what it seems
Suzanne spent a lot of time as a woman without work. She always feels nervous and can’t help but worry. This is why their temperament defeats them when tested by ignorance. She wasn’t someone who could keep her opinion to herself.
She decided to marry her sweetheart, as many people do. The only difference is that he’s in the military. She sometimes felt overlooked when things suddenly changed, but this is the military lifestyle. She had to try to get what she deserved.
Again she had to look after the children by herself and worry about her husband’s life when he was sent overseas to risk his life for his country. It never got easier over time. Every time she had to see her husband leave, it still felt painful.
So she felt already tested with everything in her head. She felt at the end of her joke even before looking at him.
Military spouse benefits
It was her son’s 10th birthday and his father would miss it. Still, she wanted everyone to have a good time. She invited her father-in-law and everyone went to Cici’s Pizza for her son’s special day.
It was a nice social get-together. It lifted her spirits and she forgot all her worries in that moment. An advantage of being a military woman meant that her food would be a little cheaper than normal. But things weren’t going to go as smoothly as she’d hoped.
They all sat down in the nice restaurant and ordered their food. After everyone was fed up, Suzanne had something special for her son, a birthday cake. The staff brought out the beautiful cake and everyone sang the festive birthday song for him.
Then there was another surprise when Suzanne took out her laptop and her son was soon staring at his father. He really loved seeing him, but it honestly drew Suzanne’s heart – he wished he were home. Then she saw something.
When the check arrived, Suzanne looked at it and her eyes widened as her longing for her husband turned to anger. “Seriously didn’t they include a discount?” She growled. Her father-in-law didn’t understand how she was feeling and told her to breathe. She knew it was about the principle, not the $ 28 bill. She even told the staff about her situation.
Suzanne felt humiliated, wasn’t it enough that her husband risked himself for her? She would make sure they paid for it.
Although many places offer discounts to the wives and husbands of the military. It is not required by law. Places like Home Depot, theme parks, movie houses, and clothing stores are just a few examples.
Suzanne felt that whatever the facility, she deserved a discount. It should be recognized everywhere and they advocated military discounts. She was ready to give the cashier some of her thoughts.
Against solid advice
Even though her father-in-law had warned her, she still got up from her chair and twisted her hair back. She began to walk on purpose in every step. She was determined.
She took her receipt and hit it on the counter where the cashier was sitting. She asked him what that meant, she felt humiliated. She asked the cashier to fetch the manager of the restaurant.
she deserves it
She kept thinking of all the things that she had to endure as a military wife. She felt that she really deserved the discount.
In order to support her husband, she had given up many things and had to adjust to the lifestyle even when she wasn’t the one serving. She played a role in the service of the country, even if it was indirect. However, the manager did not see things at eye level.
A direct hit
She maintained her sense of justice and repeated the same question to the manager. But what he would say back to her she would put in her place.
Back to a place of total shock, where anyone would dare to talk to her like that. A scene unfolded as they caught the attention of everyone around them. She did not go down without a fight.
A rude answer
The manager replied, “Man is given a duffel bag, not a spouse”. Deeply offended, she threatened to call Corporate. He asked her to continue, stating that he was the district manager so nothing would change.
Then he offered that they could sit down and talk if she wanted. But Suzanne could hear the dismissive tone in his voice. Disgusted, she sought support.
She looked around the room, expecting to hear someone come up in her defense. But no one spoke up, she was greeted with silence and people avoided eye contact as she searched the room.
She decided to look elsewhere. So she posted what just happened to her military wives’ Facebook group. But what were their opinions? Was she justified in acting?
Commented on a Facebook user, “It is very much appreciated when companies extend their military rebate to spouses, but that shouldn’t be expected. Stop being so entitled ”.
While another disagreed, “I think they should get the discount. Unless you’ve served or know what it feels like to care for someone around the clock for days, weeks, months, or even years. Please do not talk about a spouse or the children of anyone on duty. “
Shortly after it was written, the post was leaked on a Reddit forum dedicated to “Dependas”. This term describes military spouses with an overwhelming sense of self that sometimes overshadows even the accomplishments of their appointed spouse while serving their country.
Unfortunately, there are many military spouses out there who do little to dispel the stereotype.
The internet reacts
Many people responded to the story and shared their indignation at what they perceived to be boldness and a sense of entitlement. “Feed 5 people endless pizza for $ 28 and this chick is still complaining,” wrote one user.
With such conflicting views, many others decided to share their own stories about military spouses and children – and add fuel to the fire.
“It is ridiculous how some of the military spouses view their spouses’ accomplishments as their own and try to rank other people,” another comment said.
Even other military spouses had stories to tell. One such spouse wrote, “I am a military spouse, part of the claim is UNREAL. I have rightly met women who say things like “our rank”, “thank us for our service.”
The woman then goes on to talk about a woman who insisted that she “address her by rank, she was not a military man”.
The woman is obviously not impressed by such behavior and says, “My husband serves, not me or our children. I hate it when people automatically say, “Well, my husband is serving our country so …” Give me a break. ‘
Another eagle-eyed user quickly noticed something on the bill that made Suzanne’s case even less convincing.
“I didn’t see it pointed out, but she ordered 3 children’s buffets, 2 adult buffets and 2 adult drinks. Now she either let the kids go without drinks … OR … most likely let them drink from their cup to save them the price of 3 kids drinks. ‘
The fight goes on
Suzanne stayed at the restaurant because it was a celebration for her son, but she continues to demand respect from institutions like this one and the wider population as she struggles to change the narrative about military women.
She explained: “I don’t care about the free drink, it is important to me that this man has the feeling that only the service member serves and that military women openly show such disrespect!” What do you think?