We own two businesses, a discount movie theater in the heart of "Happy Valley" (Orem) and a bridal store in Spokane Washington. At both locations Mormons are the cheapest of the cheap. Let me give some typical examples:
We charge $1.50 admission for adults, $1.00 for students and on Tuesdays everyone is 50 cents. As many of you know I’ve already posted about all the food these good members continue to "sneak" into the theater. Well, that’s not good enough or cheap enough for a lot of them. We continually have people pass one student I.D. around to their friends so they can save 50 cents. Or they will beg us to believe them that they are a student so they can save 50 cents. We have people who will watch part or all of the movie on Tuesday (50cent admission) come out of the theater, tell the manager they didn’t like the movie and want a refund. They gripe about our high snack bar prices. We have $1 candy and our popcorn and drinks are from 50cents to $1 cheaper than the competition.
Our bridal store has "cheap" Mormon stories too. Girls who come in and try on dresses that when questioned will tell us they are just checking styles, their mother is going to make their dress. Girls who want to know if we give special discounts to Mormons. Girls who will ask for the manufacturer and or style number of a dress because they want to buy it on the internet. (Yes, some non-Mormons will ask this as well, but the majority are Mormon)
Why is "cheapness" such a part of our culture. I’ve owned several businesses and Mormons per se are almost always the most money conscious, penny pinchers, difficult people to deal with.