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I woke this morning to late to get ready for church. My friend who is my neighbor went to get her coupons this morning at 5 am. Well I gave her $10 to pick up papers for both us. Her hubby is unemployed right now. So she had a total of $20 dollars because her mom gave her ten last night when she brought grand daughter home. So this morning she went to 5-6 different places for our coupons. By the way I usually stop a 2 papers. Well some woman followed her home and called the cops saying that she stole newspapers. She was mad because she got the last paper. The cops came did not ask to come in just barged in when she opened the door & searched her house opened drawers, cabinets, looked under beds. Seen 20 total newspapers and told that was excessive. That anyone with a binder needed mental health help. her husband told them that was her hobby and it was her business. They own their home and have savings that they are living off of. She is couponing to stockpile and because she likes the products she uses. She is also better at it than me and gets most of her stuff for near free or next to nothing. That stupid show has caused discrimination for couponers and to people who have larger discerary incomes that can afford more items. They are those who are stupid with it. We are not.
 

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Wow. That's unbelievable. Did you get your coupons?
 

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Oh definitely! That really is unreal that the cops could do that.
 

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I believe a law passed about a month or so ago that they no longer NEED a search warrant if they have "Cause". I forget why it was passed. It was all over the news. A month, maybe two months ago.
 
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another 'what in the world is this world coming to?'

Yup - I'd be bringing this information up to the media.
 

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Our rights & freedoms are getting taken away bit by bit. We all need to know just what our rights are so we can defend them with everything we have. Knowledge is power. OK, off my soapbox. ;)
 

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I sending Dh out for my papers from now on, it's getting dangerous.

Seriously, I see a lawsuit here
 

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What a horrible show of disrespect. On top of filing a complaint about the police, I might consider pressing charges or suing the person who followed her home and called the police claiming she stole items she did not! Purely vicious, scarey how vindictive some folks are over little things. No one had the right to report a crime they know to be false, legal action could be justified.
 
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Write to the newspapers !
 

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If she paid for each copy, I sure don't see that there's anything illegal about buying as many newspapers as you like, and if presented with receipts, I feel certain that law enforcement would take it no further than the front door inquiry. I am not a couponer but I have had to buy multiple copies of the paper for bird cages, housebreaking puppies, and packing china. Seems easy to avoid being thought of as a thief by keeping the receipt handy. I will remember that next time I purchase multiple copies of the paper. I had no idea that would offend someone, who may then report it to police.
 

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I agree with going to the media. They would be all over this.
 
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Not that what happened to your friend is right, but if I saw someone with 20 newspaper and knew that there were a lot of newspapers being stolen in the area, I might have called the cops, too. I would have a tough time easing my conscious if I thought I witnessed a potential crime and said nothing.
 
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