Friday, April 8, 2011

Coupon Fraud on Extreme Couponing?

Have you read Jill Cataldo's recent blog posts about the potential coupon fraud on Extreme Couponing?  All I can say is WOW! I didn't even know this type of thing was possible.  When I originally read about J'aime's history of posting Youtube videos featuring coupon fraud, I just assumed that somehow she had gotten a cashier to push through coupons that weren't meant for the items she was buying, but to think that there is some sort of way you could push through items based on their UPC codes.  That takes some serious effort.  Add to that that this girl is a paralegal and therefore surely knows the laws (at least I could hope so).  WOW!

I am curious to see how this is going to impact the future of the show, and how the show, itself, will react to these claims.  As Jill pointed out, we did not see every bit of footage of her trip and it's possible that she did buy the items that were listed on the coupons she used without us seeing them.  However, if she didn't, all I can say is I hope she gets prosecuted and this footage is used against her.

As Jill pointed out some ask why it matters and that it doesn't really affect anyone, but it does.  We've already seen it in the way that stores are continually updating their coupon policy to try to head off issues.  Publix recently installed a new computer system with the sole purpose of having a better check in place to ensure that the items you are using coupons for are actually items you've purchased.  So long as you are couponing ethically, there's really nothing to worry about.  Well, nothing except updated coupon policies that may prevent you from even using coupons "the right way" as those of us who choose to be honest are being punished for the actions of those who abuse the system.

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