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In Focus

The Coupon Conspiracy

Every fall, footballers from area schools sell their booklet of coupons as a team fundraiser. They typically have good deals and it’s hard to pass on for the price. Like many of you, I purchased one.

While there are some coupons I know I will use, there are others that may or may not get used. But they are nice to have around because you never know when they will come in handy.

One night, I was at a friend's and they were ordering out. Knowing I had a coupon for the business in my booklet, I gave it to them to use. A little while later I received a text saying this establishment wouldn’t take the coupon because it was counterfeit.

I was a bit shocked. Naturally, my curiosity got the better of me and I posted about this situation on social media to see if anyone else had this issue.

Many did.

I learned that this business was not honoring any of these coupons from any of the booklets sold by several different local football teams. The reason? Supposedly, the business hadn’t signed on to be included in the booklet.

Naturally, there were two possibilities, either there was a shady salesman just adding businesses to fill the coupon booklet or the business did sign on and changed their mind and decided not to honor the coupons.

I emailed the company that put these booklets together about the situation and was informed that they did have a contract with the said business and the business chose not to honor them.

This business decided not to participate in the fundraiser involving several area schools, and many are irritated by their conduct. Not only does this make the business look bad but the schools get a bad rap, as well, even though they are not at fault.

I hope this situation doesn’t hurt the coupon sales next year for these teams. Regardless of how many of the coupons you use, when you purchase a booklet you are still supporting that team and that’s what really matters.

All of this...because I gave a friend a coupon. I thought it was a good idea at the time!

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