The old gent had a silver handlebar mustache, but I noticed his black T-shirt first as he left a Fort Lauderdale hash house last Sunday morning.
It read, "Senior Citizen. Give me my damn discount."
The snarky shirt makes a great point. Senior-citizen discounts are offered by lots of retailers and restaurants, but deals often aren't publicized, and offers vary.
So speak up. Ask and you shall receive, with proper identification, of course.
A few of these offers make me wish I were 50.
Here are some of my fave offers:
Super save on Tuesdays at Beall's, which offers 15 percent if you're "50 & Fabulous." People 55 and over save 10 percent at Ross. Stein Mart offers special savings on the first Monday of every month. If you're 60 or older, Kohl's gives 15 percent off on Wednesdays.
Most restaurant chains and fast-food joints offer discounts, but they vary. For instance, Chick-fil-A 15 percent off at the Pompano Beach store, while the Weston location gives away free coffee for breakfast.
Card-carrying AARP members can save on drink and popcorn at Regal Theatres, 10 percent to 20 percent at Bonefish Grill, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Outback Steakhouse and others. Flash the card and save at Denny's, and get a free doughnut with coffee purchase at Dunkin' Donuts. Info: Discounts.AARP.org.
Southwest Airlines offers Senior Fares for people 65 or older. They're fully refundable, too. Info: Southwest.com.
If you're 62 or older, Marriott gives a 15 percent discount at more than 3,600 hotels. Info: Marriott.com/specials/senior/default.mi. AARP has a deal with Hilton.
The National Park Service sells a $10 Senior Pass that offers free entry at thousands of parks and federal recreation sites. Info: nps.gov/findapark/passes.htmCopyright © 2015, CT Now