Fed up with years of abuse for being a “ginger,” red-headed Brit Richard Macrae decided to turn the tables and make some top-dollar out of other people’s petty prejudices.
How? By using a fake “ginger discount card” to save money in bars, restaurants, cinemas and even in taxis.
For reasons unknown, ginger people are often on the receiving end of some pretty derogatory names when it comes to the creative terms used to describe the distinctive hue of their hair.
“Carrot top,” “Duracell,” “ginger nut,” “flame-head,” “red rat” and a host of other insults have been thrown at ginger people just because their hair happens to be a different color to the rest of us.
It’s probably what makes celebrity red-heads such as Axl Rose so damned angry.
However, one ginger Brit is getting his own back on all the haters after making good use of a ginger discount card which was given to him on his birthday four years ago.
Richard Macrae told The Mirror:
“People have always given me stick for my hair color, but now I’m going out three nights a week and saving a fortune. The joke’s on them. It comes out with me more than my bank card. My reputation precedes me, once I was asked by a security guard if I was the ‘ginger discount guy.’
“I ask if they do the ginger discount, and when they look confused I slide across my card. Usually everyone gets the humor behind it, and some people look confused and wonder if it’s real which is always a laugh, but most get the joke.
“I’ve saved a couple of hundred pounds maybe, with money off booze, taxis, food and club entries – over four years it fairly builds up. It opens folk up to a bit of banter back and forth, but I never try for any specific amount of discount. Any money off is always handy.”
However, the red-headed joker from Aberdeen is also quick to confess that not everyone sees the funny side. “I’ve been asked to leave a bar once because the bartender assumed that I was too drunk if I was attempting to use it,” he said.
Yet apparently some barmen can’t get enough of the ginger joker’s pranks. Rik Gillespie from the city’s JamJar pub said:
“I used to serve Richard and his friends regularly they were good customers and a great laugh. The first time I saw the ginger discount card I thought it was brilliant and gave him the same discount that we would for students just because it looked so real.”
I guess that’s what you call real ginger bread man!