Hope this is the right forum for this.
I work at a hotel. Our rate tonight for a room with one king-sized bed is $64.99, plus tax. During the busy season, it’s $79.99 for the same room. We also have a few discounts available: AAA, AARP, etc. This includes a government/military rate, which, unlike the other discounts, is a fixed rate, $65.00, whereas the other discounts are percentages of the “rack,” or regular, rate. Like I said, our rack rate for the busier times of the year is $79.99, so the military rate is usually a significant discount, but not at this time of year, when, as you can see, the military rate is actually one penny higher.
This isn’t as odd as it seems because in my (admittedly limited) dealings with the government personnel that come through the hotel, they’re not looking for a good deal so much as they’re looking for consistency. They like knowing that whenever they stay here, whatever time of year it is (even during PGA or some other big event, when most hotels raise their rates) they’re always going to pay the same rate, with no nasty seasonal surprises.
So (finally getting to the point), a few minutes ago, this guy comes in, I tell him the rate, and then he asks about the military discount. I told him that we have one, but that it’s actually (very) slightly higher than the regular rate. The first thing out of his mouth after I said this was, “Why? Do you discriminate against the military?” Well, of course, we don’t, and I told him this. He seemed to accept that and didn’t make a big fuss over it, so no harm done. But it made me wonder: is there much discrimination against the military going on these days? Especially here in Oklahoma? I mean, did this guy have a legitimate reason to suspect that we were discriminating against him, or was it just an idiotic knee-jerk reaction? Some places may not have a government or military discount, but I can’t imagine a hotel (or other business) that would go out of their way to charge military personnel more than other guests.
Any members of the military here have stories about being discriminated against in this manner?