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Coupon thieves get caught on video stealing papers!

Posted September 12, 2014

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Here's yet another example of a some greedy couponers getting caught stealing papers. This time, they have it on video! It's amazing that people will go to these lengths for a coupon. 

An article from CouponsInTheNews.com details the story of 2 women from New York who were apparently driving around a couple neighborhoods stealing the Sunday papers right out of their driveways!  Well, one of the neighbors caught it on video. The newspaper delivery folks tracked down the women in the SUV on the video and found them going through all the papers, pulling out the coupons, and throwing out the rest of the paper.

They turned the information and video tape over to the police who are now investigating the incident. Over a two-week period, over 60 papers were looted. I wonder if they will serve any jail time if found guilty.  It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

What do you think? Should these alleged thieves serve jail time?


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  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Sep 14, 2014

    fourwylands - that is really pitiful. That is why I always recommend buying the Sunday paper in the store so you can check to see if the coupons are there before you buy it.

  • fourwylands Sep 14, 2014

    The Raleigh N & O removed the paper boxes from our area because people were stealing the papers! Makes it inconvenient for everyone else!

  • luvstoQ Sep 12, 2014

    Yes, stealing 'anything' is a crime!! They should sure serve time - they were fully aware that what they were doing was wrong - a child knows that much!!

  • TwoWheels Sep 12, 2014

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    Thank you!

  • Mon Account Sep 12, 2014

    Sunday papers in that area are about $2 for home delivery. They either need to face 60 $2 misdemeanor charges, or one for $120... still a misdemeanor.

    Using taxpayer resources to feed and house them makes little sense, but meaningful community service does.

    There is a program for overseas military families where expired coupons will be honored up to 6 months past their expiration (Overseas Coupon Program, sometimes affectionately called 'Troopons'). Those families are often struggling and every bit helps. Perhaps get them involved working for that cause to pay back for their wrong doings.

  • jdouglas13 Sep 12, 2014

    I agree that stealing is stealing and that there should be some sort of punishment, but I agree that some sort of restitution to the theft victims and community service would be more effective. It's sad what lows people sink to because of greed.

    Watchhillgirl, you have a great point that if they were buying stuff for them, that it would probably go bad before they used it. While I am not a hoarder, when I first started couponing, I would sometimes buy too much (legitimately purchased) and then had to toss it when I discovered I had missed the expiration date. There is no savings there!

  • wdc1987 Sep 12, 2014

    People still get newspapers?

  • losltp Sep 12, 2014

    Make them pickup trash on road sides and clean cages at animal shelters

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Sep 12, 2014

    Thanks to all for your comments.

    froggygirl - I really like your idea of having them perform community service at food banks.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Sep 12, 2014

    TwoWheels - when Harris Teeter includes a coupon in their Wednesday sales ad, (and that is very rare), it is usually on the front page of the ad in the delivery and store papers. It is not in the flyers at the stores. There was a coupon in the HT ads in most local N&O papers this Wednesday, 9/10.