JC Penney - Misleading Coupons
GREENSBORO / FOUR SEASONS MALL, NORTH CAROLINA -- On December 23rd I went to JC Penney to use a coupon given to me by an employee at Hanes Mall after I purchased approximately $87.00 the previous week. I decided to go to Four Seasons Mall, as sometimes the merchandise is a bit different, and I needed to use my coupon for $10.00 of $20.00 purchase by 12/24. I first went to the Men's Department, and was going to use the coupon on a $23.00 flannel shirt. However, it was on clearance, so the coupon would not work. (It was in fine print that the coupon could not be used on clearance items, and I had seen other shoppers who had a coupon for $10.00 of $25.00 using their coupon on clearance.
So, I decided to go downstairs found some hair products and a shirt, both of which were not on clearance, but was told I could not use my 20 percent off coupon with my $10.00 coupon. The items individually did not add up to $20.00 so I had to look for something else. I went to jewelry and found a ring for $17.99 and a bracelet for $7.99, neither of which were on clearance. I went to the junior register, to check out, and was going to leave out the junior's door, as I was finally finished, only to find for some reason the ring, which was not on clearance, rang up at her register as if it were clearance. So she sent me to jewelry. I have now been upstairs, and to 3 separate checkouts. I have been at the store for two hours. I go to the jewelry counter and the lady there sends me to another register. Finally I find an employee that is willing to help me. She scans the ring which comes up $17.99, not on clearance, but is willing to help me find something else to go with it., There is a box of candy at the register, so I ask about that. She rings it up, scans my coupon, and then reads in fine print that candy is an exclusion.
Finally, I ask to speak to a manager on duty, and the MOD has her scan the ring at $26.00 with a discount so that I end up paying $10.00. I was a former employee of JC Penney at Hanes Mall, and we were told to always satisfy the customer. "Customer First" was the motto we were always told to go by. We could not give away the store, but we could make manual changes on the register, to make the customer happy, i.e. price modifications, and manually discounting $10.00 for a coupon, if that was what it took. I think that the coupon was totally misleading and there were a lot of things employees could have done without my having to go through all those registers, and waste my time, which is valuable.
I feel that I should in some way be compensated for this horrible experience.