Coupon Police or should couponers just shut up?
I belong to several coupon groups and forums, and lately have seen several instances where new couponers are using coupons improperly.
I try to politely point out that for whatever reason, the use of that coupon was not correct when I see it, and surprisingly have suffered quite a bit of backlash for it. Sometimes, it is just a mistake, it happens, and I get it, and I certainly have made them too. What I don’t understand is the anger other people feel when you point it out.
Is that because you can look the other way, until someone calls it to attention? You can do it too, because after all, it was posted on a blog or group?
Take today, for instance. Someone posted a deal, which allowed her to get cash back. The deal was wrong. I pointed it out, respectfully, and sat back as others said they aren’t the coupon police, and offered up good jobs, and pats on the back all around.
This hurts all of us. You already know what certain stores, certain managers, and certain people think of couponers. When you look the other way, and get annoyed when someone tries to correct it, stop wondering why we are perceived in this way. Looking the other way only hurts us all in the long run. Policies get stricter, limits lessen, and we are looked at negatively overall.
I would rather do my part to teach someone to coupon ethically. Am I the coupon police? No. I just want to coupon with integrity.
What are your thoughts? Is it rude for a couponer to correct someone, or should we just shut up?