the good guy
On my way to work this morning I was listening to the This American Life podcast. This particular episode I was listening to is entitled Good Guys. The episode is asking the question: what does it take to be a “good guy”? What does it take to truly be a good guy. You will hear stories of valiant men attempting to do good in challenging circumstances: in war zones, department stores, public buses, and at the bottom of a cave 900 feet underground.
This is a great way to start my morning and you will even hear about the “good guy discount”.
The Good Guy Discount:
a technique where you say, can I get a good guy discount on that? You’re a good guy, I’m a good guy– come on, just, you know, a good guy discount.
I dare you to try this next time you’re purchasing something. I would love to hear if you actually get away with getting a discount because you’re a good guy.
You will be faced with a moral dilemma, like Ben Calhoun says: It’s me saying, I’m a good guy, which I feel like it’s the kind of thing of saying, I’m so humble. The second part of it is, you’re saying, and the thing I’m going to do as a good guy is I’m going to ask you to do me a favor and cost yourself money. That’s what a good guy I am. And I don’t know. I find it to be not the behavior of a good guy.
So, with all of that said and after you listen to the podcast, would you use this trick of the trade? Do you think asking for the “good guy discount” defeats to purpose of being a good guy?