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tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 15, 2012 - 07:32pm PT
The American Alpine Club wants to charge me (50ys old) $25.00 more for a membership than a 28yr old adult. WTF?
nutjob

Gym climber
Berkeley, CA
Nov 15, 2012 - 07:34pm PT
Sure it's a tough job market, but something is bound to show up after half a century? Maybe that only seems funny to me because I'm gratefully employed, but I'll let it stand.

But it is weird, what happens when you retire and you're on a fixed income... do they bring the rates back down again?
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 15, 2012 - 07:39pm PT
66 is a senior membership but as far as I am concerned they can f*#king pound sand for jabbing me (50ys old) $25.00 more than a 28 yr old adult!
locker

Social climber
Nov 15, 2012 - 07:43pm PT


Seems backward...

tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 15, 2012 - 07:44pm PT
Complete total f*#king bullshit!
jstan

climber
Nov 15, 2012 - 07:56pm PT
If I might I'd like to recommend the American Physical Society. Before retirement I contributed $90 a year. After retirement I remain a member and get Physics Today, an excellent magazine, every month all for free. This month has a great article on what the gamma ray telescope is contributing to current day cosmological studies.
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 15, 2012 - 08:03pm PT
Does anyone on the taco represent The American Alpine Club?
Dave Kos

Trad climber
Temecula
Nov 15, 2012 - 08:13pm PT
If they offered a "senior discount," would this thread have been started?

...because in that case they wouldn't be discriminating based on age?
LuckyNeck

Trad climber
the basement of Lou's Tavern
Nov 15, 2012 - 08:19pm PT
I would hypothesize, based on age involvement here on El Taco Grande, that it is an administrative fee of sorts. Let me explain.

It would seem the older you get, the more inclined you are to start writing letters to your local government about how the trash man is making too much noise when collecting garbage. You're more likely to write your congressman about change you didn't ask for and don't want. More willing to yell at the neighbor kids to "get off your lawn." And certainly more time to come up with a reason to write in to your non-profits that you are a part of and complain to them too.

28 year-old's are stoked that they got a sticker with their membership and are generally low maintenance because they are too busy climbing stuff to sit around and complain.

I would suggest writing them a letter telling them how neither the Elks Club, the Rotary, or AARP charges more or less based on age, and see how they respond.


I'm joking around.

No really, I saw an opportunity for a joke and I couldn't help myself. That seems lame to me and I wonder what they are thinking. Please don't respond in anger, just clown'n around.
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 15, 2012 - 08:22pm PT
Kids under 12 always get a discount and folks over 65 get a discount. That is pretty darn normal. giveing an adult between the ages of 18 and 28 a better deal than an adult 29 to 65 is complete total f*#king bullshit!
Gene

climber
Nov 15, 2012 - 08:32pm PT
The AAC 28 and younger dues are $40. The 29 to 65 dues are $75. Are you getting a kickback?

Do the math before the rant. It's worse than you think. :)

g

tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 15, 2012 - 08:35pm PT
Damn, Now I am even more bent. they are running a 10% discount today and i was kind of stoked to join up. I followed the link, found out that I was getting the shaft and went straight to the Taco to rant;)
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Nov 15, 2012 - 08:53pm PT
Us young people don't have jobs so you get to cover the difference. Thanks!
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 15, 2012 - 09:45pm PT
Us old people have more bills that you youngsters and our knees hurt more so it's a lot harder putting 40 in .
OldEric

Trad climber
Westboro, MA
Nov 15, 2012 - 09:54pm PT
A). Most 50 year olds have more disposable income then most 28 year olds.
b). THE AAC wants a younger demographic.

Both A and B are true. So ranting is dependent on your "glass 1/2 full v. glass 1/2 empty" take. Those that want to bitch can always find something to bitch about.

I'm 63 and have been paying full fare to the AAC since I was younger then 28 - don't believe I got a discount when I first joined either.
squishy

Mountain climber
Nov 15, 2012 - 09:58pm PT
redistribution of wealth, lol
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 15, 2012 - 10:06pm PT
Still fcking bullsh#t. For every 50yr old that has a big retirement account there is annother liveing paycheck to paycheck while some lame ass 25yr old kid is still mooching off of their parents. Completly f*#king stupid idea. Split the difference and charge everyone under 65 the same price and I bet you end up with more members and more revenue.
78 busman

Mountain climber
Davis
Nov 15, 2012 - 10:56pm PT
Man... I have not been on this Site forever! But I
had to Toss in my 2 Cents... Don't like it? Tell them
to Pound Sand! Your Old and Smart enough to know how
things work... I just got a Bump in my Disability Ins.
when I turned 55... WTF! From a 55 year old. : )
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 16, 2012 - 12:23am PT
How about a sr discount starting at 55?
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 16, 2012 - 01:07am PT
Most 50 year olds have more disposable income then most 28 year olds.

Well, if they'd majored in something relevant to employment and then
actually worked they would be able to be treated like grownups and pay
their bills. Don't get me started. Oh, I guess I alread did. Sorry.

I could see giving a student discount, if it were legit, but 28? That's
professional student age.
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