Why You Shouldn't Push a Cashier to Take a Coupon
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Why You Shouldn’t Push a Cashier to Take a Coupon

Posted on Thursday, July 16th, 2015 at 5:17 pm
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grocery checkout, extreme couponingIt can be frustrating when the cashier at the grocery store refuses to accept one of your coupons. Some people feel embarrassed when their coupon is rejected. Others feel the need to make a loud fuss in an attempt to push the cashier into accepting that coupon. There are some very compelling reasons why you shouldn’t do that.

It’s not the cashier’s fault.
In almost every case, it is not the cashier’s fault that he or she cannot accept your coupon. Sometimes, the reason why your coupon was rejected has to do with the store’s coupon policy. The cashier is not the person who made that policy. He or she has no power to change it.

The cashier could get in trouble.
The drawer that the cashier is using will get audited at the end of his or her shift. The purpose is to make sure everything matches up and that the correct amount of money is in the drawer. If your loud insistence pressures a cashier to take a coupon they weren’t supposed to accept – that cashier is going to get in trouble later on that day. Is saving $0.25 really worth the possibility of someone getting fired?

The store could lose money.
When a store accepts a coupon, it is doing so because it can get some money back from the company that created the coupon. The store can send in manufacturer coupons for redemption. This allows the store to give you a discount without having to lose money themselves. If you push a cashier to take a coupon the store cannot redeem, that means the store will lose money.

As I’ve already mentioned, this situation can lead to the cashier being reprimanded or fired. It can also influence a store to create a more restrictive coupon policy. Do you like the store you are shopping at? If so, then you shouldn’t do things that will not only make it lose money but also will make it harder for you to use coupons there in the future.

You could be committing coupon fraud.
Coupon fraud is illegal. You could get into trouble for committing it – and so could your cashier. Trying to use a coupon that you know is expired is an act of coupon fraud. You become aware that your coupon is expired when the cashier informs you about it. Pushing him or her to accept that coupon anyway simply isn’t legal.

People will judge you.
Don’t be the person that makes everyone else’s grocery shopping experience take longer than necessary. The people who are behind you in line want to get their shopping done so they can do other things. They aren’t going to like you if you yell at the cashier and hold up the line.

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