In April, coupon shoppers from around the country worked together to expose apparent coupon fraud on an episode of TLC’s “Extreme Couponing,” in which shopper Jamie Kirlew appeared to use coupons for products that she did not buy.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal today, Jaime Kirlew admits she did indeed use coupons in a fraudulent manner on the show:
You matched barcodes, as long as they worked, rather than products, right?
Do you believe that was the right thing to do?
Yes, I believe that I have done nothing wrong. I’ve even had managers take my purchase and check me out. They’ve told me, “If the coupon goes through at my register, I’m getting reimbursed for it.” I have never been approached by anyone in authority telling me to do something different.
Will you change your methods now that manufacturers are changing the barcode system?
I do not intend to change my shopping habits unless or until the code changes…
What do you want from this interview?
I want to stop being the Scapegoat. I used a Buddig Deli cut for a 12/16 ounce packet for a 2 ounce packet because the numbers matched. The coupons went through at the register and I did not have any problem.
5/12/11 Update: Buddig Meats responds. Via their Facebook Wall, Buddig is asking fans for their responses to Jaime’s statement about using their 1lb. Deli Cuts coupon on the 2-ounce Original Buddig lunchmeats.