Thursday, June 3, 2010

I Didn't Know it was Expired

It's normal to have customers come in with coupons. Anywhere from cigarettes to condoms (yes, condoms), people bring in their coupons to use in our store.

What they don't know, is that I'm the coupon police.

I obsessively check coupons to make sure they are real, and also to make sure they aren't expired. Many times they are expired.

Some people really don't know their coupons are expired, but most of them do know. And they try to use them in my store.

I can always tell when someone knows. It's all in their reaction when I tell them the coupon is expired.

The ones that had no idea will be like 'It is? Oh, I'm so sorry.'

But the customers that know their coupon is expired and are using it to try and get away with something will automatically, without any thought, say something like 'Oh, well throw it away then.' They will not question at all about their coupon not being usable. They usually won't even look up at me when they are saying this. Like they are afraid to look me in the eye.

So that's how I know that those people are lying. But, at least they don't argue with me like some customer did one time.

Me: I'm sorry, sir, this coupon is expired.

Customer: What are you talking about? What's expired?

Me: Your coupon.

Customer: Coupons don't expire. Give me my $1 off these smokes.

Me: Yes they do sir. (I show him the coupon.)

Customer: That's bullshit. It's just a piece of paper. Scratch the expiration date off and no one will know.

Me: Sorry, won't work.

Customer: Fine, I'll just go somewhere else and use it.

That's when he ripped the coupon out of my hand, left his stuff on the counter and walked out. Fuckface.

My point? Please check your coupon's expiration date before handing them over to your friendly cashier. It's not our fault if you're caught being an idiot.


  1. Hey I have been told that even though they are expired they still work, by none other than the manager at the grocery store I use to work at. He told me though to take them randomly from regular customers. I usually am good about making sure they are up to date.

    Peace, Love and Chocolate

  2. I'll take them if they are a month old, but only from regular customers. Anyone else I don't care about, and if the customer is rude, I'm definitely not taking it.

  3. I'm an avid coupon user and always check my dates b/c the idea of using an expired coupon seems embarrassing to me. How pathetic am I? lol

    Stopping by from SITS

  4. I love the people who try to use it despite the fact they haven't purchased the right product OR enough of the product.

  5. Bethany: You aren't pathetic, you are the perfect customer. lol :-)

    SilverNeurotic: We get tons of that too. People trying to 'negotiate' because the product is similar to what the coupon is for.

  6. our stores accept expired coupons but I feel so sneaky using them LOL
    stopping by from SITS

  7. Fuckface? I love it. What a loser.

    Have a terrific day. :)

  8. Woo-hoo, another person that uses the word Fuckface.

  9. LOL fuckface was looking for a dumb cashier, guess it wasn't his lucky day when he walked into your store :)

  10. I hardly ever think to use coupons. At Raley's Nob Hill (grocery store) they do give you a 25 cent per gallon discount if you spend over a certain amount. We do use those (no duh!). Still, trying to find and pull out coupons is just hard from me. And I'd be too dumb to know if they were expired or not anyway. (That's always in fine print and my eyes are failing!)

  11. Oh, the 25 cents per gallon is for gasoline. I forgot that part!

  12. Omg, I hated this, oh how I hated this. Not as much as the people who asked for a bag when they bought gum - but almost as much.

    I hated this job more than I hated any other job - and I was a maid in a motel so thats saying something...




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