I WAS AT THE LOCAL curry shop near my office to grab some butter chicken and naan to go. Their lunch time special offered students a $1 discount.
At the cashier, the petite Indian girl asked me if I was a student. “Yes,” I replied.
Now, I am about as far away as student as you can get. There I was, 33 years old, dressed in pin striped slacks, brown dress shoes, and a collared button down (with silver cuff links no less). I was clearly lying.
Didn’t matter anyhow — she asked for my student ID and I had to back out of my master plan. “I don’t have it with me,” I said, as she rung up the regular price.
I felt somewhat ashamed. Up to now I have no idea why I even said yes. It might have been traveler’s instinct.
This got me to thinking about the ethics of travelers and our schemes to save money while on the road. Hard-bargaining aside, there is a plethora of dollar-saving tricks that are out there, and many travelers use them without a second thought.