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Oh dear! This could be ugly!
We all have very strong opinions when we think we have been wronged or we see someone do something rude. But, maybe in the other persons defense they didn’t really consider that what they are doing is rude or not very coupon friendly. I know, they probably know better, but we can give them the benefit of the doubt, this time!
The following is just a small of things that might be considered not very polite.
We could add probably 100 more things to it, you are welcome to leave a comment with your pet peeve. But keep it nice, it is just something to think about!
Never clear the shelves – When I complain about this I am talking about buying 10 of an item that just went on sale and taking every one of them. If you happen to get the last 2 of something, totally different story. If I plan on using ALL my coupons at a sale I don’t buy all 20 at one time. I spread it out during the week and give them a chance to restock. I have also special ordered from a store when I knew a sale was coming up and I wanted a case of something.
Never take all the peelies – If you notice a bunch of peelies on packages, if you are not buying the items please don’t take all the peelies! My husband came home from the store one day with a handful of cereal coupons. He was so proud of himself until he told me where he got them…. to everyone shopping at Randalls in August in Grogans Mill, I apologize! Now he knows!
Never block aisles or race other shoppers – Really, did I just have to type that?! You would not believe it but it has happened. It is embarrassing and greedy, plain and simple. The huge sale at Kroger when they were doubling all $1 coupons ( that I missed!) got really ugly I have heard.
Never hide products before a sale – Can’t get to a sale when it starts? Don’t ruin it for those who can. I have been amazed when I have found sale products hidden all over my CVS. Deodorant that is free with ECB’s hidden behind boxes of cereal. I am sure it isn’t the employees playing a game. It seems really silly but I think it is a little rude to do this.
Never, ever yell at or insult store employees! – I have cried at a register I have been so mad at the cashier, but I never said an ugly word to them. Always be polite. They will not be on your site even if you are “right” if you get rude and ugly. It also, I believe, causes problems for other couponers in the long run. Cashiers just assume that you have an attitude also. No matter how bad you want to grab them by the collar and let them have it, it really does you no good.
Never take more “in store” coupon books than you personally need – Like a reader commented, it is so frustrating to have all the Walgreens pharmacy books gone the first day only to find 100’s of them on ebay. It ruins it for the rest of your “couponing community”. The stores only get so many of the extra coupon books, it is just plain greedy to take more than you personally need.
Never steal coupons – One friend of mine had someone steal her coupon binder right out the cart and leave her purse. Yuck! Also, taking neighbors coupons without their permission is stealing, even if they don’t use them. You have to ask them first. I would say dumpster diving is O.K. though 🙂 Many friends walk in the mornings and will grab them from the little recycle buckets we have in our neighborhood on trash day. I personally don’t have a problem with this. Do you? A reader left a comment that people were taking the coupons form the papers of the old folks homes or at the hospital. That is still stealing if you don’t ask.
I could go on and on. I have unfortunately seen some really ugly sides of people when they coupon. It is really a shame. We have to remember that we are a community. We need to stick together, watch each others back and help one another. If we try and cheat each other, what is the point. We also have to work together so that stores enjoy and like couponers, and want them in their stores. We have to be a good example and friendly.
Thats all I have to say about that!
P.S. I will write another post on multiple cards at CVS next week. We can’t have all the fun in one day now can we?!