Manager Calls Police On Black Woman Using Coupons, Accusing Her Of “Abusing The System”

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Of late, we have learned of various things black people cannot do without white people deciding to call the police. These include: swimming in a public pool, sitting in a Starbucks, taking a nap in your student lounge and now, couponing.

The manager of a Dollar General in New York was fired last week after an incident when he called the police on a black woman because she was ‘abusing the system’ by using coupons. Dollar General coupons.

The woman in question, Madonna Wilburn, told the local news station WIVB 4

“I tried to show him on my dollar general app that I had clipped all of the coupons, so they should’ve came off. He told me that I was trying to beat the system, that I was trying to fraud the system.”

She posted this video of the encounter on Facebook…

Posted by Madonna Wilburn on Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Along with this photo of what she was buying…

Facebook | Madonna Wilburn

… and these of the total amount…

Facebook | Madonna Wilburn
Facebook | Madonna Wilburn

… and these of the coupons she was trying to use…

Facebook | Madonna Wilburn
Facebook | Madonna Wilburn
Facebook | Madonna Wilburn
Facebook | Madonna Wilburn
Facebook | Madonna Wilburn
Facebook | Madonna Wilburn

…and this private message that the manager sent her on Facebook after the incident…

Facebook | Madonna Wilburn

… and the evidence of police involvement.

Facebook | Madonna Wilburn

The full text of her post reads:

“PLEASE SHARE….So here is unfortunately another incident where the manager at Dollar General on Genesse Street in Buffalo New York felt he needed to call the police on a “black women” ME who was taking advantage of the coupon system. I had no coupons in my hand and they are all digital coupons on their app. Spend $30 on gain scents and receive $ 5 off then other digital coupons ranging from .50 to $2 off of each of these items all on their app. He could not figure it out. Told me he hate people like me, told me to
Shut up, and more I eventually pulled out my phone….and started recording to protect myself against his nasty attitude in case anything happened.. now he inboxed me and his wife Kristin Dudek friend requested me and I blocked her!!!”

The corporate offices of Dollar General issued this statement.

“We always strive to deliver the best possible customer service and are disappointed anytime this doesn’t occur. Based on our investigation we believe that certain aspects of this matter including the involvement of law enforcement were not handled in accordance with our policies and expectations.”

The incident has inspired a new hashtag, #couponingwhileblack.

Naturally, people called out the fact that white people seem to misunderstand the purpose of a 911 call or really any call to the police.

But others pointed out the ridiculousness of the entire situation.

The situation, calling the police because someone used coupons, would be hilarious if it weren’t so upsetting.

H/T: WIVB 4, Facebook


Dana Levinson

Written by Dana Levinson

Dana Aliya Levinson is an actress, writer, and trans activist. She graduated with honors from the New School where she wrote extensively about political and ethnic identity in the middle-east. She was a 2014-2015 Dramatists Guild Fellow, and has written about politics and trans issues for The Huffington Post, Women's Health, Nylon, and The Notice Blog.