What does an expiration date mean to you?

@jasyjen (162)
United States
July 11, 2008 10:52am CST
I had a coupon that said it expired July 4th. To me, that means it expires at the end of that day, not at the beginning of the day. But when I went to use it, the moron at the register said he wouldn't take it because it was the 4th and was expired. (It was around 10:00 in the morning) Is the guy wrong, or am I?
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@cream97 (29169)
• United States
11 Jul 08
Yes, I guess the cashier would be right. But personally the coupon should be allowed to use up until that entire day. Not that morning.. But that is just the rules.. Don't feel bad, you aren't the only one that never got to use a coupon on the day you wanted to. Don't stress it..
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@jasyjen (162)
• United States
11 Jul 08
No stress. Life's too short for all that. Thanks. ;-)
• United States
11 Jul 08
He was a moron and 100% wrong. the coupon is good until Midnight of the day it expires. Truthfully, the store can take it a few days after and still have plenty of time to get it turned in, but most won't (if they are paying attention). I once had a friend who was at a 24 hour store (Walmart) and was in line at about 5 minutes til midnight. Something happened and the cashier had problems with the person ahead of her. So, when it came time for her turn it was just barely after midnight. They refused to take her coupons because they expired at midnight!!! now...the coupons would end up in the same place at the same time. It wasn't like the "coupon fairy" swooped down and took them away at midnight! there are alot of cashiers who don't have a clue how to handle coupons. When it says 1 per purchase but I'm buying 2 and have 2 coupons, they've tried to tell me I can't use them both. Ummmm...yes I can. I'm purchasing 2! If all else fails I separate that item out onto a separate order and then afterward proceed to point out how idiotic they were (in a nice way) for not just taking it to begin with!
@jasyjen (162)
• United States
11 Jul 08
The coupon fairy. That's hilarious! Yeah, I'm one of those people that use coupons for EVERYTHING. Cashiers probably hate me. LOL
• United States
11 Jul 08
Hmm, I'm sure there would be people who say that the cashier was technically correct. However, most of the stores that I have gone to probably would have taken the coupon anyway. Some will even take them for a couple of days afterward. What they do (or used to do)is send all the coupons back to the manufacturer and get their money back from them. I don't think they send these coupons back every day, either, probably once a week or so. So, it wouldn't matter if they took it on the 3rd or 4th in this case. But, it's possible that everything is electronically sent nowadays and then I could see them being picky about the date.
@jasyjen (162)
• United States
11 Jul 08
I hadn't thought of it being electronic, I wonder if that's what the problem was? Thanks for the comment.