Last night, I got an email from a reader who is feeling some frustration. I know that I have readers here who can relate to her story, and so I asked her if I could share a portion of her email with you today for advice and encouragement.
…recently when I have done shopping with coupons at certain stores, following all the rules, being polite, etc… I have seen that I am running into more and more rude and un-helpful cashiers, and sadly to say managers. At first I thought that this was all in my head, so I brought my husband along to watch the madness and see if I was just making it up. We went to Rite Aid and the lady was very rude and short with me after I handed her my coupons. Then we went to the Safeway on Pearl by my apartment and when doing the frosted flakes free milk deal (using the two print out coupons), they would not scan so the gal asked for the manager to come by to approve it. She did, and I was thankful to both of them, but as I left the store the manager was literally glaring at me. Again, I thought this was all in my head, but my husband was there to witness both of these situations and even he was appalled at this behavior.
Needless to say I just wanted to break down and cry after I left both stores. I told my husband that this is just ridiculous and that I almost felt like quitting my couponing because I was tired of the ridicule that I get when I shop. They make me feel like I am stealing when really I feel that if they did not want me to use coupons then they would not be in the papers. I never do anything that is immoral or inappropriate when I coupon and I am by the book to try and save myself from any problems, but it seems to be getting worse. Do you ever run into this? What would you do if you were in my situation?
Sorry this is so long winded, but I wasn’t sure where to turn. I don’t want to give up on this because I truly do love to coupon.
Couponers, what thoughts to you have for Alicia?