After teaching my classes last night, I made a rare stop by Walgreens.  The cashier obviousl did not understand the purpose of coupons.  They had a buy one get one free sale and I had a buy one get one free coupon.  Used together should make both free.
So I had to explain the diffrence between a manufacturer coupon and a store coupon.  Then, the when we got to the BOGO issue, she said, “But you wouldn’t have to pay anything for it.  So you can’t use it.”  I said that yes I can.  The deal I’m making with the manufacturer is not contingent on the deal I’m making with the store.  She called a manager who called out to accept the coupon at face value before he made it to the front.  She STILL argued, “But she won’t have to pay anything for it!”  He quieted her by saying, “this one time.”
I am very proud of myself for not yelling at her, “THAT’S THE POINT OF COUPONS!  THE ‘NOT PAYING’ IS THE WHOLE REASON FOR ME DOING THIS!”  But I didn’t yell.
Even after the manager left, she grumbled, “but you’re getting stuff for free.”  Being mindful of the line behind me, I redused the earfull that I gave her to be completed by the end of the transaction.  I said, “I have no problem leaving the entire order of $16.88 (a record high for me) on the table and retrieving my coupons and going somewhere that has no problem granting me the deal.”  She snarked, “Yeah, well, he said, ‘this one time’.”  I relpied, “He ALWAYS says, ‘this one time’.  If he ever stops saying, ‘this one time’ then I’ll go somewhere else.”  With a righteorous indignnce, she said, “well, the store is losing money because of it.”  I calmly replied, “No it isn’t.  The manufacturer will reimburse the store.”  She nodded to affirm.  The transaction was complete.
Now, in a different media, I say FURTHERMORE, the manufactuerer GLADLY entices me with a coupon in hopes that I will become addicted to their product and the store GLADLY entices me with the sale to get me to spend $16.88 and use $10.34 in manufacturer coupons that they can redeem.  Why do some cashiers have a personal problem with me getting a good deal?
So, I ask cashiers everywhere, WHAT’S IT TO YOU?   Your store is making money, the maufacturers are getting their products into homes, and I’m taking care of my family.  My savings are not coming out of your paycheck.  You’re getting paid by the hour, not by commission.

After teaching my classes last night, I made a rare stop by Walgreens.  The cashier obviously did not understand the purpose of coupons.  They had a buy one get one free sale and I had a buy one get one free coupon.  Used together should make both items free.

I had to explain the difference between a manufacturer coupon and a store coupon.  Then, when we got to the BOGO issue, she said, “But you wouldn’t have to pay anything for it.  So you can’t use this coupon.”  I said that yes I can.  The deal I’m making with the manufacturer is not contingent on the deal I’m making with the store.  She called a manager who called out to accept the coupon at face value before he made it to the front.  She STILL argued, “But she won’t have to pay anything for it!”  He quieted her by saying, “this one time.”

I am very proud of myself for not yelling at her, “THAT’S THE POINT OF COUPONS!  THE ‘NOT PAYING’ IS THE WHOLE REASON FOR DOING THIS!”  But I didn’t yell.

Even after the manager left, she grumbled, “but you’re getting stuff for free.”  Being mindful of the line behind me, I reduced the earfull that I gave her to be completed by the end of the transaction.  I said, “I have no problem leaving the entire order of $16.88 (a record high for me) on the table and retrieving my coupons and going somewhere that has no problem granting me the deal.”  She snarked, “Yeah, well, he said, ‘this one time’.”  I relpied, “He ALWAYS says, ‘this one time’.  If he ever stops saying, ‘this one time’ then I’ll go somewhere else.”  With a righteous  indignation, she said, “well, the store is losing money because of it.”  I calmly replied, “No it isn’t.  The manufacturer will reimburse the store.”  She nodded to affirm.  The transaction was complete.

Now, in a different media, I say FURTHERMORE, the manufacturer GLADLY entices me with a coupon in hopes that I will become addicted to their product and the store GLADLY entices me with the sale to get me to spend $16.88 and use $10.34 in manufacturer coupons that they can redeem.  Why do some cashiers have a personal problem with me getting a good deal?

So, I ask cashiers everywhere, WHAT’S IT TO YOU?   Your store is making money, the manufacturers are getting their products into homes, and I’m taking care of my family.  My savings are not coming out of your paycheck.  You’re getting paid by the hour, not by commission.