"uneducated, uncultured and prone to antisocial or immoral behaviour" is an appropriate description I fear (although not directed at you in particular)
But this coupon matter isn't the same thing. If you try to use coupons where you don't buy the item - when it clearly states on the coupon the consequences of doing it fraudulently - then you are taking a chance. If you get away with it, all well and good. If you don't, you can't realistically complain - except about a rude supervisor etc (which seems to happen). But people seem to get so angry about not being allowed to get away with it! No question whatsover of the consumer committing any dishonest act let alone fraud when presenting a coupon.
Let me make my position clear though, as I know this will not be a popular attitude to adopt. I am into most things derived from MSE and my cheekiest thing was last week. I went through a self-scan till at Asda and used £5 worth of coupons (unrelated to what I'd bought) against a £16 odd shop. After each coupon scanned I was asked - by the machine - to put my coupon in a slot. I wasn't asked to 'slot' my last £1 coupon, so I didn't (though I was credited with it). And I used it again some days later in a different supermarket.This is theft
I consider this a bit disgusting on my part (though plenty would have followed my example if they could have got away with it). But my point is that I tried it on and got away with it. On those occasions when I don't, I shrug my shoulders and move on. I certainly don't pout and complain on a thread that the 'enemy' has stopped me taking advantage of them. Why shouldn't they?
schiff (standing by to repel boarders)
You have a situation here where some supermarkets are prepared to join in with you in deceiving the coupon providers by saying that they will accept coupons even if the coupon items are not bought. I see nothing wrong in joining in with that if they make it so easy.
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