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Leap Year Birthdays

edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Special Occasions & Other Celebrations
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edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Special Occasions & Other Celebrations
Not sure this is the place to post this, but...

My daughter is a leap year baby (2004). I have joined a couple of Facebook pages for Leaplings, most of which are based in the US (although I have found one in the UK).

All the US sites post about companies giving either offers/discounts/freebies for those that are born on 29th February. However, I have never seen anything over the years for Leap Year Birthdays here in the UK. Some companies have given offers of free food or drink if say you name was greg or bob, heck they even did some thing for the royal baby names. In the US they seem to go big on 29th February but not in the UK.

You may think, so what its just another day, but leaplings face problems legally too as some companies do not even recognise 29th February even when it is a leap year.

I want to say, lets celebrate all those who have a birth date of 29th February. It also amazes me how many of the students at my daughters school can not grasp or understand what a leap year is.

So come on Retail/restuarants/entertainment businesses, put a smile on the face of a leapling and make their day extra special, just think of the good publicity.
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  • SocajamSocajam Forumite
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    Really, what next.
    How about giving everyone whose birthday it is a free something - let's make them feel really special
  • PollycatPollycat Forumite
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    I do think 'it's just another day'.


    Perhaps you can enlarge on this:
    j9apache wrote: »
    You may think, so what its just another day, but leaplings face problems legally too as some companies do not even recognise 29th February even when it is a leap year.
    What legal problems do they face?

    I'm shocked that children aged 16 years can't understand what a leap year is.
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    edited 27 January at 10:53AM
    There are companies around that give offers of free stuff on your birthday, whatever day of the year it is.

    https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/deals/birthday-freebies-discounts/

    When companies ask me when my birthday is so that they can give me special offers/free stuff, I tend to decline as I see it as just another way of putting out data that could be used for identity fraud.
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    For the uk birthday promos, use an (ahem) adjusted date?

    There are legal issues but in the uk we bump the date to 1 March fir voting purposes etc.
  • j9apachej9apache Forumite
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    For the uk birthday promos, use an (ahem) adjusted date?

    There are legal issues but in the uk we bump the date to 1 March fir voting purposes etc.[/QUOTE]


    That is my point, why should she. Also with regards to the legalities, depending on where you live determines when you legally become of age, in New Zealand it would be the 28th February (as February was the month you were born in) but here in the uk it would be the 1st of March.

    Some insurance companies don't acknowledge it as a legal date of birth as do other organisations. Driving license, photo id etc.
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    Pollycat said:
    I do think 'it's just another day'.


    Perhaps you can enlarge on this:
    j9apache wrote: »
    You may think, so what its just another day, but leaplings face problems legally too as some companies do not even recognise 29th February even when it is a leap year.
    What legal problems do they face?

    I'm shocked that children aged 16 years can't understand what a leap year is.
    I am a leap year child and have had the police at my door after been accused by a travel agent that I had a fraudulent passport as the 29th feb didn't exist.  I had to produce my birth certificate to 2 police officers who didn't understand.

    People who are born on St George's day get freebies every year but for us leaplings we have to explain every 4 years why it is different.
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    edited 21 February at 8:21AM
    scripth said:
    Pollycat said:
    I do think 'it's just another day'.


    Perhaps you can enlarge on this:
    j9apache wrote: »
    You may think, so what its just another day, but leaplings face problems legally too as some companies do not even recognise 29th February even when it is a leap year.
    What legal problems do they face?

    I'm shocked that children aged 16 years can't understand what a leap year is.
    I am a leap year child and have had the police at my door after been accused by a travel agent that I had a fraudulent passport as the 29th feb didn't exist.  I had to produce my birth certificate to 2 police officers who didn't understand.

    People who are born on St George's day get freebies every year but for us leaplings we have to explain every 4 years why it is different.
    I'd have given that travel agent a very wide berth.
    Anybody who didn't realise that the 29th February exists every 4 years (well, mostly every 4 years) wouldn't be trusted to book any part of a holiday or trip for me.

    police at your door 'literally'?
    So a travel agent was so dumb that they didn't know about Leap Year birthdays, reported you to the police who were also so dumb that they also didn't know about Leap Year birthdays so rocked up at your door to query your 'fraudulent birthday...?

    What freebies do people born on St George's Day get?
  • NBLondonNBLondon Forumite
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    I too am astounded at that...  just possible that a dimwitted travel agent operator might not have twigged (or been able to check that the year in question really was) but not that it went through the police as well.
    I was at school with a Leapling - we took great pleasure in ribbing him about only really being 3 etc.   Happy 13th Rod! 🎂
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    j9apache said:
    For the uk birthday promos, use an (ahem) adjusted date?

    There are legal issues but in the uk we bump the date to 1 March fir voting purposes etc.[/QUOTE]


    That is my point, why should she. Also with regards to the legalities, depending on where you live determines when you legally become of age, in New Zealand it would be the 28th February (as February was the month you were born in) but here in the uk it would be the 1st of March.

    Some insurance companies don't acknowledge it as a legal date of birth as do other organisations. Driving license, photo id etc.
    I can understand that it's taken to be March because your child is born the day AFTER 28th Feb, that every 3 years that becomes March doesn't distract from they were born after Feb 28th.

    To me there's more of an issue if organisations don't accept it as a date and is probably down to their software not knowing how to recognise Feb 29th than any other reason. 




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