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Would you sue Walmart over a 21-cent overcharge? This man did!

Posted July 23, 2013


A Pennsylvania couponer has actually sued Walmart over a 21-cent overcharge related to the way a product was taxed after the coupon amount was deducted! Would you go to that length to send a message to a store?

An article from Couponsinthenews.com, tells the story of a coupon shopper in Pa. who was charged tax on the pre-coupon total. In Pa., the law is that tax is charged on the post-coupon total, not the original selling price before coupon.  So the man sued Walmart over the 21-cent overcharge. The lawsuit is now in Federal court and it will be interesting to see what comes of it.

For the record, here in NC, we get charged tax on the original sales price, not the post-coupon total.

For the full article, head to Couponsinthenews.com.

Would you sue over a 21-cent overcharge?


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  • ilovelucy31 Jul 24, 2013

    I agree with watchhillgirl, although it is a little rediculous, it adds up. The only thing I will add is I bet he really went out looking for a reason to take issue and found this, i wonder if it just so happened to mess up the tax on this one or just some coupons, or if the tax is charged wrong after every coupon is used. Also, i wonder if he went to CS and tried to get his .21 back before sueing. People are always looking for a reason to sue, it's sad.

  • nakabi Jul 23, 2013

    one word-ridiculous!!!

  • writetanisha Jul 23, 2013

    Hey Jack he has to do what he has to do.....its the principle

  • computerguy923 Jul 23, 2013

    Just keep in mind that store coupons should be deducted and you shouldn't pay tax on that part. Only manufacture coupons should you pay the tax before deduction. Just wanted to clarify that.

  • Scubagirl Jul 23, 2013

    I wouldn't sue over it but I commend him for doing it as it calls Wallyworld on the carpet for unlawful practices. So while it's only 21¢ to him, I'm pretty sure it's a darn site more than that that wally world took in from all the folks they do that to and all the coupons they accept. Hope he wins!

  • karenmorris17 Jul 23, 2013

    What is it about Walmart that brings out the extremes in people? LOL

  • watchhillgirl Jul 23, 2013

    Well, I guess I will be the devil's advocate in this one. Although I agree it is pretty petty, think about 21 cents for you me and everyone else that shops at walmart in PA. That would end up being a very tidy sum at the end of a year. I think it is more of sending Walmart a message that enough is enough. I don't shop there very much anymore, and usually without coupons, because it is such a hassel. But I do understand his point.
    If there are 12,750,000 million people in PA. Just suppose that everyone used one coupon in a year. That is an additional $2,677,500 per year. You could debate if that is profit or money out of our pockets. So I can see his point.

  • mcorson2 Jul 23, 2013

    Well some people are always looking for a "fight" and easy way out, i hope he knows it could cost him more in the long run. just get a life and move on, my goodness this world has gotton toooo thin skined....

  • heremeaj Jul 23, 2013

    I understand his frustration but would personally think his time and energy could be better utilized. If you want to be mad and fight about something you can always find something to be mad about...if I did not like shopping there I would just go somwhere else....I hate Walmart so I do not shop there.

  • raesmom1612 Jul 23, 2013

    this man gives new definition to the meaning "penny pincher" i cant help but lol at this petty ridiculousness...or maybe im just not a "die hard" couponer like i thought i was....