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Alleged coupon fraud in Cary Target store results in arrest!

Posted July 3

Target, Cary


A TLC reality show participant from the show Gypsy Sisters (NOT Extreme Couponing, surprisingly), has been arrested for allegedly misusing coupons in a Cary, NC Target store, according to an article in  CouponsInTheNews.com. Even though she was not an Extreme Couponing participant, she apparently used extremely bad judgement regarding her coupon use at a Target store in Cary back in December.

Joanne Wells was arrested for scamming the store out of thousands of dollars of merchandise. Two Target cashiers allegedly helped her fraudulently take over $12,000 worth of product from the store over a 10 day period last year. She will be in court on July 17 for a different type of appearance than those she is used to on the TLC show.

For more information on this story, see CouponsInTheNews.com.

Have you ever seen anyone trying to use coupons fraudulently?


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  • snowl Jul 3, 10:52 p.m.

    This is wrong yes, but I just cannot feel sorry for the Target Corporation.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Jul 3, 7:03 p.m.

    FlyingUnderTheRadar - Thanks for the reminder on the Pop Tart lady, Flying! You have a much better memory than I do.

  • FlyingUnderTheRadar Jul 3, 6:54 p.m.

    If I'm remembering correctly, it was the New Year's SD event. It was a story about a lady that goes from store to store using 20 q's (per visit), and she would cry foul when they wouldn't double at the second store, hoping the manager would override them (which he/she did, I believe). She had gone to the THIRD store that day, and when the manager would not override it (I believe they looked it up on the computer and realized that that VIC card had already doubled 20 for the day), she made the cashier void all the purchases, huffed out and the only thing she purchased was the weekend evic special Pop Tarts.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Jul 3, 5:23 p.m.

    mtmkjr - I bet you are right - she probably came in multiple times a day.

    HolllyH - that is pitiful! I also wish the manager would have come over to explain the policy - and then hold her to it.

    Flying - you have to share the Pop Tart lady story again with us. I remember us talking about her but I cannot remember what she did.

    kw00634 - To me, coupon fraud is using a coupon in a way it is not intended. Here is an article I wrote about ethical couponing that describes a number of activities that would be considered coupon fraud.


  • hollyh515 Jul 3, 4:32 p.m.

    I saw a lady at HT Tuesday evening giving the cashier a hard time because she was trying to use more coupons than what she had items for. He kept trying to tell her she could not use all of the coupons but he eventually caved and let her use them all. I really wish he would have called management over to the register to set her straight. People like that really give couponers a bad name.

  • Dr D Jul 3, 4:22 p.m.

    Wonder if it was the Pop Tart Lady from SD's earlier this year?

    — Posted by FlyingUnderTheRadar

    The Pop Tart Lady from SDs? I must have missed that story. But now I'm finding myself picturing what $12,000 of Pop Tarts might look like ... yikes!

  • FlyingUnderTheRadar Jul 3, 3:52 p.m.

    Wonder if it was the Pop Tart Lady from SD's earlier this year?

  • kw00634 Jul 3, 3:41 p.m.

    Maybe I am just too honest but what would you all classify as using coupons fraudulently? I can't even image......

  • nakabi Jul 3, 3:40 p.m.

    So, these cashiers are facing jail time and all they got were a few lousy gift cards? Dang! They... View More

    — Posted by Bogged Down

    hahaha, they got gypped....lol...

    On a serious note, I wish people would stop doing things like that. It makes it harder for us who actually do coupon the right way.

  • mtmkjr Jul 3, 3:21 p.m.

    dishatoid01 - you are so right. I was thinking it was a total of $1200, not $12,000. Clearly I... View More

    — Posted by Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper

    Maybe she shopped multiple times per day to reduce the individual transactions.