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It’s never a good look when a few rogue couponers make the rest of us look bad. We hear about coupon related crimes every so often, and it’s never pretty. Whether people are printing counterfeit coupons or selling coupons, we’re not fans.

They say bad things come in threes, and we’ve learned about three different couponing crime incidents recently that are head-scratchers.

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Here’s what’s happened:


Couponing Crime #1: A KFC employee was assaulted over a coupon in Texas.

A KFC restaurant exterior with a car parked in front.

It can be frustrating when you can’t use your coupon, but according to Crime Stoppers of El Paso, one customer at a KFC in El Paso got straight-up violent when he didn’t get his way.

The man apparently tried to use a KFC coupon, but that coupon was invalid for the menu item he wanted. When the employee told the man he wouldn’t be able to use that coupon, the man reached across the counter and struck the employee.

Chickenless, the man fled the scene, and Crime Stoppers of El Paso is now looking for him. Authorities are passing around the blurry surveillance image in hopes that someone will recognize the violent couponer.

If you recognize him, call Crime Stoppers of El Paso at 915-566-8477 or cselpaso.org. They’re offering a cash reward for any info that leads to an arrest.

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Couponing Crime #2: A Florida woman got a fraudulent 90% discount at Walmart.

A Walmart storefront.

In Lehigh Acres, Florida, a Walmart employee noticed suspicious activity at a self-checkout lane in August 2022. According to Crime Stoppers, the woman allegedly scanned coupons multiple times and used coupons for items she didn’t have at checkout.

When Walmart checked the transactions, the woman logged $288.80 worth of items but only paid $24.58 — 90% of illegal savings. The woman was identified but hasn’t been charged — yet.

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Couponing Crime #3: A Florida man stole $2,225 in cash by redeeming inflated Circle K coupons.

A Circle K Gas station pump pavillion.

More coupon related crimes out of Florida … according to the Alachua Chronicle, Quintin Xavier Cote of High Springs allegedly scammed his employer, Circle K, out over $2,000 by entering an inflated value for coupons and taking cash from the register after scanning the unauthorized coupons.

Cote — who had only been an employee since April of 2022 — redeemed the inflated coupons 22 times, making off with $2,225.

Surveillance cameras apparently caught him in the act, and he was arrested and charged with petit theft and felony fraud on Sept. 1, 2022. Authorities eventually let him go due to no criminal history.

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3 Coupon Related Crimes: KFC, Circle K & Walmart