So I step in to my local restaurant (I'll not name it, but they have served "over 1 billion") and get in line. In front of me is an elderly gentleman, and behind me is a Marine in BDU's. I'm standing there in a pair of jeans, my Fire Dept. t-shirt, and my radio on my side. The elderly gentleman places his order and pays for his food, receiving no discount. I place my order and whip out my debit card, preparing to pay full price for my food. The lady looks at my shirt and listens to the traffic on the radio. She calls out to her manager and asks if I get a discount. Her manager says yes. Before I can swipe it, the lady at the register hands me a receipt. I look at it and under amount owed it said, $0.00. I looked up at her and gave her my typical confused look. She said that as a firefighter, I get my meals free. I just stood there for a few seconds until it sank in my head that I just made out like a bandit. The Marine steps up, places his order, and proceeds to pay full price for his meal. I just stood there in disbelief. Actually, I was more embarassed than anything. Why did the post-productive member of society and the serviceman both pay full price for their meals, while I, the volunteer tax money sponge, eat for free? Are they not more qualified for a free meal or a discount than I? To all the elderly, thanks for all of the good info you have given over the years and for molding me into the person I am today! To all of the armed forces, thanks for providing the freedom for me to be the person I am today!