Yesterday, I was waiting for my number to be called at the deli counter in the grocery store. A man standing next to me ordered a ½ pound of ham that was on sale for $5.99. When the deli clerk gave him the ham, the man leaned in towards the deli clerk and said quietly, “now can you give the same price on the roast beef?” The deli clerk said that he would have to check with the manager and, after doing so, came back and said, “yes” to the customer, who then asked for a pound. So, this man, just for the asking, was able to get $4 off the roast beef. I have never heard anyone ask for a discount at the deli counter before, yet the deli clerk did not seem surprised by the request. So I wonder, is negotiating a discount at the deli counter a common practice?