‘Extreme Couponing’ show blamed for rise in newspaper thefts

KHBS NW Arkansas
A 34-year-old Arkansas woman was charged with misdemeanor theft last week after she stole 185 unsold copies of the Springdale Morning News that were left outside a grocery store for a carrier to pick up. She told police she’s a coupon club member and didn’t think she was doing anything wrong. “She was just trying to save some money,” says her lawyer. Since the April debut of TLC’s “Extreme Couponing”, there have been reports of newspaper and coupon thefts in Idaho, Texas, Alabama, Florida, and California.

In one case at the Orange County Register, a woman returned an armload of papers for more because, she said, they didn’t contain inserts. She was seen in her car pulling out the inserts after she traded in the old stack.
“People (clerks and vendors) are telling us the papers are incomplete, with the coupons gone,” said Larry Riley, senior vice president in charge of circulation at The Orange County Register.

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  • http://profiles.google.com/rp509855 Rod Paul

    A lot – my wife takes a two-inch three ring binder to the store with her coupons organized by type. Also trades coupons for products we don’t buy to folks wh can give her coupons we can use. 
    She’s not even close to the extreme folks.- but she considers it disappointing if she doesn’t save at least 20 percent off the grocery bill.

  • http://twitter.com/BonzoDog1 BonzoDog1

    Reminds me of when, back in the 1950s, the New England mob would grab stacks of unsold papers (after the nameplate was cut off for returns) cut out all the coupons and run them through mob-controlled stores to get the manufacturers’ money without even selling the product. Or so I was told when I lived there…

  • http://twitter.com/DaveyfnCrockett Joe Gordon

    You can use hundreds of coupons per week.
    Of course you have to BUY the product, but if the deals are right, you don’t have to PAY for the product.

    Stealing newspapers, however, is assanine.

  • http://twitter.com/brutony Tj Bea

    How many friggin coupons can you use in a given week? You still have to BUY the product!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/QXHUG6B22T6CKA3CRQ4EG3UOCM Laurence

    The Discovery networks aired a documentary about science on TLC Sunday night (also on Discovery and Science).  Considering that the average IQ of a TLC viewer is about room temperature (of an igloo) it’s no wonder that this person thought that there was nothing wrong in STEALING PRIVATE PROPERTY!  (She probably goes to church every week).  How many TLC viewers even understood one of the first facts presented on the show last night: that the Earth goes around the sun rather than the other way around?

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/QXHUG6B22T6CKA3CRQ4EG3UOCM Laurence

    The Discovery networks aired a documentary about science on TLC Sunday night (also on Discovery and Science).  Considering that the average IQ of a TLC viewer is about room temperature (of an igloo) it’s no wonder that this person thought that there was nothing wrong in STEALING PRIVATE PROPERTY!  (She probably goes to church every week).  How many TLC viewers even understood one of the first facts presented on the show last night: that the Earth goes around the sun rather than the other way around?