A reminder to all Red Lobster employees (and I'm pretty sure all Darden employees) to make sure to buy your gift cards this Christmas season and get your discount. They make great gifts. My grandparents are too cheap to go to Red Lobster normally, but they LOVE IT when they get a gift card from me each year. Believe me, that $40 gift card more than repays itself in goodwill and other (birthday cash!) dividends throughout the rest of the year.
I know it seems cheesy, but it is pretty sweet to be able to pick up gifts where you work. And if you give them to friends/loved ones who live near you, they pay back even further. Those friends/family come in and always want to sit in your section, so now they are paying with your cards (hopefully meaning little or no money out their pockets) meaning they can leave you a fat tip. I'm serious here, the math totally works in your favor. If you are living check to check, save up a couple of hundred bucks in the next few weeks and get yourself some cards. I usually put $40 or so on each card figuring it is just under what most good 2-top meals come to.
Here's the warning part. Remember that big brother (aka Darden corporate lackeys) are watching your transactions with these cards. You might be tempted to buy a bunch of cards and then turn around and use them to pocket the savings. Don't. Seriously. It's not worth the little bit you can gain for what can be lost (your job dummy!). There isn't enough margin due to the limit in dollar amount you can purchase. Yeah, it is potentially free money, but I'm telling you, it's not worth it. It is easy for them to track your transactions with these cards in the computer system. So be smart. You'd be an idiot to do this and loose your job shortly before the best stretch of money in the RL Server's year (Christmas into Lobsterfest!).