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[OP]
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Sep 25, 2019
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BAN Paper Coupons

I can't believe stores are still handling the customer's paper coupon during a pandemic.

They done good by no longer handling a customer's own reusable bags.

I was at London Drugs and the cashier handled a customer's really dirty coupon and then handle my purchase without disinfecting in between.

I complained and the cashier was shocked and didn't know what to say to me. I not complete the purchase.

Maybe someone could invent a coupon app or something similar, but with COVID 19; the paper coupon should not be used.
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Creating a app cost more then printing out a 1 time coupon. People can refuse to take the coupon. Chooser can't be beggers you know.
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Aug 14, 2007
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Think of very poor or elderly people who either have to or like to use coupons but don't have any knowledge of current technology.

I work with someone that actually has no internet connection at home, no cell phone, no car, and hasn't for at least 15 years apparently.

I couldn't do it personally.
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How is a coupon any different than a $20 bill in terms of cleanliness?
Nobody cares which exploitative corporations you give your money to every month. Capitalism is a plague on this planet. Get that crap out of your signature.
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Feb 7, 2017
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GeeCee wrote: How is a coupon any different than a $20 bill in terms of cleanliness?
This

OP, I get what you are saying.

But ... I think you are being a tad dramatic.

If the Cashier / Store is accepting Cash then there’s no difference here ... it’s just another piece of paper.
Plus if anything ... Covid will live longer on our Cdn Currency cuz it’s Plastic & Metal (not paper)

Some stores evidently are encouraging NO CASH and wanting Customers to just use plastic & TAP & GO Technology

And some stores are saying NO COUPONS at this time

Others are saying e-Coupons only ... where it’s just a case of the Cashier looking at or scanning the bar code on the Customers Phone

Truth is ... as things reopen ... every Retailer is gonna be a bit different from the next. It’s gonna be up to each Customer to decide what they are comfy with ... and do Biz with those Retailers, while skipping out on others they aren’t comfy with

Afterall in the end ... ITS YOUR OWN HEALTH ... so you got to figure out what works for you

Expressing YOUR CONCERNS though to a Retailer and how they handle things is never wrong ... just don’t expect them to change their practices just cuz you complain / don’t like things

That’s true anytime ... Covid or not
Ultimately it’s your money ... you can shop there or not
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Oct 1, 2011
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I actively look for printable coupons when planning my shop.

There are two major groceries chains that charges for bags so shoppers are forced to bring their own bags.

Just the other day, I ordered something on Flashfood and at checkout, it said to bring your own bags.
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Aug 29, 2011
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couponmummy1 wrote: There are two major groceries chains that charges for bags so shoppers are forced to bring their own bags.
The Loblaws around here stopped charging for plastic bags once they started prohibiting shoppers from bringing reusable bags.

Which chains are still charging?
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mrweather wrote: The Loblaws around here stopped charging for plastic bags once they started prohibiting shoppers from bringing reusable bags.

Which chains are still charging?
Maxi and Super C
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Aug 29, 2011
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Not familiar with either one of those. But it looks like Super C is part of Metro (which I’ve never liked to begin with) and Maxi is equivalent to No Frills which is part of Loblaws. I don’t shop at No Frills so I don’t know if they’re charging for bags around here.

The other thing is these appear to be discount grocery stores so it wouldn’t surprise if they continue to charge for bags since cutting out all “frills” is their business model.
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May 4, 2014
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If the person is infected, the products they touched would also have been contaminated and the cashier handled those items too. It wouldn't be just the coupons.

I don't fully understand not allowing reusable bags. Do people usually hand them to the cashier and expect them to bag it for you? I always bag my own stuff. Has there been proven cases where cashier contracted COVID from reusable bags?
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er34er34 wrote: If the person is infected, the products they touched would also have been contaminated and the cashier handled those items too. It wouldn't be just the coupons.
This
I don't fully understand not allowing reusable bags. Do people usually hand them to the cashier and expect them to bag it for you? I always bag my own stuff. Has there been proven cases where cashier contracted COVID from reusable bags?
Covid tracking is complicated enough ... where it’s just a case of tracing down human contacts
Forget inanimate stuff
So no one can say for sure where one picks it up
Just that it can live on surfaces
And then get onto one’s face... and into one’s eyes, nose or mouth thru touch

This is WHY we have to assume that EVERYONE we encounter
Or EVERYTHING we come in contact with ... might have the virus & act accordingly

Best advice ... physical distance, and people keep THEIR STUFF to themselves wherever possible
Which is WHY most stores are opting out of Reusable anything

Giving out NEW Bags is part of that ... diminishing cross contamination as much as possible for Cashiers
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One day when you're a senior and there is some new technology that you don't or can't understand, I hope it isn't forced on you in the way you're suggesting.

The safety hazard here is very minimal, we have clear guidelines about how long the virus lives on paper and arguably its safer than plastic and metal. It's also easy to isolate. I work in a deemed essential industry that deals with a lot of paper, much of it public facing and we didn't have any issues coming up with guidelines and policies to keep everyone safe.
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Jan 17, 2013
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mrweather wrote: The Loblaws around here stopped charging for plastic bags once they started prohibiting shoppers from bringing reusable bags.

Which chains are still charging?
Last time I went, Dollarama charges for bags.
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Dec 18, 2017
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Do suppliers really want to make it that much easier to save money on their stuff by letting anyone with a smartphone click to load an offer? At least a paper coupon involves some work on the part of the consumer to save that 20 cents and it shows the supplier how their advertising works. Coupons used to be about enticing someone to try your product. Now I think most people who use coupons do so on products they already buy. I don't think many people nowadays say "I drink Red Rose, but Tetley is giving me 50 cents off to try theirs".
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Apr 26, 2013
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Well that backfired.

Who wants to have an app for every single place on their phone?
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Feb 7, 2017
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WMPCOT wrote: Well that backfired.

Who wants to have an app for every single place on their phone?
Curious ...

Don’t some of the Flyer Programs still offer this coupon option ?

I know Flipp used to ... but they got out of the coupon biz about a year ago
(Was a case of ONE APP with access to many Retailers)
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Jan 8, 2015
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I don't normally downvote anything in the shopping discussion because of the "tough crowd" on RFD but this is downvoting worthy for sure.

By the way, how dirty was the coupon OP? Maybe they rubbed it between the buttcheeks?Face With Tears Of Joy
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Quickman wrote: I don't normally downvote anything in the shopping discussion because of the "tough crowd" on RFD but this is downvoting worthy for sure.

By the way, how dirty was the coupon OP? Maybe they rubbed it between the buttcheeks?Face With Tears Of Joy
They not only had 1 or 2 coupons; I guess they had over 1000 coupons in an old large freezer ziplock plastic bag. They used 5 coupons and it took minutes to dig out of the bag.

No, they were not senior and not poor. Put down new iPhone on table before digging through the bag of coupons.

You could tell that the printed coupon was printed but was stained. I not know from what.
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May 11, 2008
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Kiraly wrote: I haven’t seen ANY supermarket clean the self checkouts between uses.
I did see that they were wiping down the self checkouts at the Save-on-Foods on Grandview Hwy.

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