So, the other day this dude comes in. He's been in there before, I recognized him right away as one of these jerks who is always bitching about a discount. "Come on man, I'm spending money here, you GOTTA work with me." He tells me he wants to put on about 15-20lbs of muscle in about 3 months and asks me if creatine alone will do it. I tell him no, because as (I hope) most of you know creatine is NOT EXPRESSLY for weight-gain, as much as it is to increase strength, endurance, recovery, hydration to your muscles, which translates to more training, and gains. I laid it all out, he asked me what I recommend, as per usual I tell him cheap options and more costly yet more efficient ones. In the end he ends up buying the Muscle Milk, and a couple of other things. Because of his incessant whining about a discount, I stick MY neck out to cut him a break on the PRICE of the Gold Card, reducing it so basically he doesn't pay anything to get it and still gets a sizeable discount on the remainder of the purchase (and with the buy-one-get-one 50% off on the Muscle Milk) and he walks away thanking me. Now, amid the conversation he asks me my suggested use for the Muscle Milk and about how long it would last him. I told him that a tub usually lasts a couple of weeks to a month depending on how many times per day he uses it, but that a slightly reduced dosage (2 heaping tablespoons, which is what I use) and using it only twice as opposed to 3 times per day, eating more, etc, and it should do him good. Because he kept on asking me about the cheaper option I laid it out. I said "look you can accomplish the same thing with a creatine and a weight gainer together, but you might add bodyfat with all the sodium and suger and the price really won't be much different in the end." Now here's what happens. This fuckin' pundit comes BACK in the day after telling my manager I lied to him, I deceived him, I talked him SPECIFICALLY out of buying what he initially wanted and lied to him about the dosage (because he got it home and apparently THEN, not during the 30 minutes he spent in the store, but THEN decided to read the fucking label) and now he wants to return it. However, when my manager goes to return it she notices the discount off of the COST of the Gold Card and when I go into work today I get a fucking lecture about the whole thing. So I end up looking as if I first deceived and lied to the guy, then cheated the Company as well. Luckily enough my manager believed me when I said this dude was being a whiny prick and I just wanted to do whatever it took to shut him up at the point I decided to do this, but still, it came back to bite ME in the ass. So, in summation, THIS is why you don't get Discounts. THIS is why there are such things as protocol and restrictions on what we can do for you. I have half a mind never to give another non-Gold Card discount again just because of fucking whistle-blowers like this guy who basically ruin business for the rest of you. I did everything I could to please the fuck, and this is what I get for it. Now I'm not blaming him, I shot myself in the foot. But do you see what I mean? THIS is what happens when you deviate from procedure. I'm notorious for being uptight at the store, I don't take shit from customers, and this is why. Because at-times I let my guard down, and get busted in the fucking lip for it. Think about this story the next time you shoot your mouth off about who is really being the asshole. Because as far as this dude is concerned, even though I gave him options, even though at a certain point I quit suggesting shit and let him make his own decision, even though I explained to him that my recommendations are what they are due to the specific nature of his goals, somehow when the dust settles I'M the lying prick. Fuck him, fuck discounts, and fuck all of you'se who do this kind of shit because of your need to be "right"...and reveal conspiracies against you. End rant.