Unfortunately, this Kroger is right down the road from my house. Well about 15 minutes away. Really people? Pull your crap together and stop RUINING everything for the rest of us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I don’t often freak out about something, it is a gift I have from raising 7 kids, I have pretty much seen it all. I manage to be calm in the face of extreme vomiting or exploding diapers. But, when it comes to taking money away from my family, which is what people who commit coupon fraud do, I start freaking out!
I made a few comments in red.
From the Chron. HUMBLE, Texas – Four former Kroger employees are accused of taking cash payments from customers to accept and process worthless coupons.
Cory Lester, Traveon Boyd and Latrisha Wilkerson, who were working as cashiers at the time, and Krystal Cormier, who was working as a manger, have all been charged with aggregate theft.
Investigators said the incidents occurred from July 20, 2011, through October 16, 2011, at the Kroger in the 19600 block of Highway 59.
According to court documents, the worthless coupon discounts cost Kroger nearly $70,000.
Investigators said a Kroger loss prevention officer informed them of the alleged activity.
Kroger said the employees were able to give the unsanctioned discounts by over-riding the coupons in the register, which gave the coupons a dollar value of the employees’ choosing.
- These people choose to steal from a store with coupons being the method. They might have well just walked in and robbed the place, it was the same thing.
The suspects told investigators that several women who own a local flea market shop paid them cash to over-ride the coupons.
- Ding, ding, ding, reselling it all I am sure at the flea market. Not paying taxes on any of it either and in my experience the resellers are also the biggest shelf clearers.
The women were able to buy products at a deep discount, using coupons that did not even match the items they purchased, investigators said.
- Thanks to Jamie Kirlew we all know how this is done.
Investigators said they were able to match surveillance video with register logs to confirm the suspects’ activities.
- So, what was happening was some women who wanted to resell (I am using this loosely) products at a flea market were putting items in their cart, and checking out with specific cashiers. Who they knew would let them use coupons that were not intended for the items in their cart, but the cashiers would “push” them through anyway getting the items free or cheap. These ladies would pay the cashiers to let them do this, and they would sell the items at the flea market.
Coupon Fraud hurts EVERYONE. It is stealing PERIOD. Eventually you will get caught.
Coupon fraud occurs whenever someone intentionally uses a coupon for a product that he/she has NOT purchased or otherwise fails to satisfy the terms and conditions for redemption, when a retailer submits coupons for products they have not sold or that were not properly redeemed by a consumer in connection with a retail purchase; or when coupons are altered/counterfeited. These activities are almost always in violation of Federal, State or local laws.
Avoid Coupon Fraud
- The Coupon Information Center has not lost a case since they began in May of 1986.
- 3-5 years in prison is a common sentence for committing coupon fraud (longest sentence: 17 years)
- Fines are often in the excess for $200,000 (highest fine: $5 million)
- Using a scanner, printer, or copier to make copies of coupons.
- Using expired coupons, unless the store specifically states in their coupon policy that they do accept expired coupons.
- Using coupons on products other than the product specified in the print (e.g. using a coupon for Original Cheerios on Honey Nut Cheerios).
- Using a coupon for a product or size excluded by the fine print on the coupon (e.g. using a coupon that says “excludes trial size” on a trial size product).
- Using the coupon when purchasing a different quantity than specified on the coupon (e.g. using a coupon for $0.50/2 on a single product instead of 2).
- Altering and/or modifying a coupon in any way.
- Using a coupon any way other than how it is specified on the coupon.