UPDATE: So I've Deleted your precious picture. Get on with your life and stop harassing people! Don't know what I am talking about? check out this post
So a funny thing happened yesterday
A good friend of mine sent me an email that had been sent to him by a friend of a friend. This email was a .jpg that had very detailed instructions on how to create an Internet Printable Coupons. And this person had used the technology to create a coupon that got him a FREE Ps3 (although the scumbag had to pay tax..oh – I just feel SO sorry for him!). I have no intention of posting that .jpg here, because after looking at it, I realized how well it would work…and yeah – no…I'm not perpetuating fraud!
But all of a sudden, I got a newfound respect for grocery stores that stopped accepting Internet Printables with the word “free” on them.
You see – I have always been annoyed with local grocery stores that won't accept a coupon with the word “Free” on them. I could understand why they wouldn't take an IP for FREE item, but one that required the purchase of another item? That just seemed over-cautious to me. Perhaps I was naive as to the extent of coupon fraud..and the truth is, when we are taking about a BOGO Skinny Water coupon, it bothers me that we receive such scrutiny at the checkout for our valid coupons. We are doing nothing wrong. Why should we be treated like we are trying to get something over on our local grocery store?
The answer? Because so many people are!
The guy who sent this email to my friend's friend walked out with a $300 item for which the store will never get reimbursed. That's a crime – pure and simple.
And it's easy to say that the store should have been more vigilant. They should have questioned this coupon. The “backstory” on this coupon is that the person told the cashier that they had completed a bunch of “free offers” on The Internets and been rewarded with one of these coupons. We have all seen those free offers on The Internets (“Hey! Want a Free MacBook? Just click here!”), so it might be easy to understand why the cashier thought it was a valid coupon. Yeah – the cashiers should have questioned it, but the coupon scanned correctly
But regardless of cashier error, there is no excusing the fact that somewhere, someone thought this was hunky-dorey to do. It's not.
So the next time you get annoyed at your cashier or store manager for over-scrutinizing your Internet Printable coupons, please remember that there ARE serious scumbags out there with no moral compass. As always, the best advice that I can give you is to never “fly under the radar”. Make friends with the cashiers and managers at your store so that they know that you are one of the “good ones”.
And as for those that create fake Internet Printable coupons? I believe that means that there is either a special circle in Hell reserved for you…or you will come back as a cashier who had to deal with lowlifes such as you!