trainman wrote:Actually, a related note: on another board, someone posted, "we [pilots for a major airline] got a 30% pay cut, followed by an 18% pay cut -- a 48% pay cut!"

Back in the 80's I worked in the Box Office of the largest summer events center in this part of the state. While filling out ticket orders in the spring, I did group rate events. 10% off for 10 -19 people, 20% off for 20 and over. One of the early orders was from a "Member" of the facility who earned a 20% discount on all ticket orders (new policy for ballet/ orchestra only, not special events like rock shows).

I brought the order in to the manager to ask if they got both discounts and she said yes, first take the membership off and put that total here, then use that total and do the group rate discount here "So yes they get a full 40% off."

Now I was confused. "Wait, take both off the top and add the discounts together?"

She looked peeved and asked where I got that from her simple instruction. I pointed out she wanted me to take the group discount from the membership discounted cost. That's 36%. She said, 20 and 20 is 40, not 36.

And why did I hire such a math idiot her expression wondered.

I didn't push it. I just went and did it the way she told me, not the way she thought it should be.

I'm pretty sure the manager was Patricia Heaton's mom.