Store Manager Charged with Assaulting Extreme Couponer
GERMANTOWN, Tenn — A confrontation between a Tennessee discount store manager and an extreme couponer turned violent this week, as one customer was left beaten and bruised and the store manager is now facing charges.
According to WREG-TV in Memphis, the incident happened Wednesday at the Dollar Tree in Germantown, and it was all caught on tape.
“It’s a little fuzzy,” Melissa Monzo-Marte said about her eye. “As you see I have broken blood vessels and a fat lip.”
Melissa is an extreme couponer. She says she and her friend, Jennifer Hill, got more than they bargained for when they tried to cash in on some deals at the Dollar Tree in Germantown.
The two women say the store manager refused to honor their coupons, despite a sign by the front door that says Dollar Tree honors manufacturer’s coupons.
“We were told we were harassing her (the manager) using those coupons and she threatened to call the cops,” Jennifer said.
After asking why her coupons were rejected and getting no answer, she decided to hit the record button on her iPhone.
On the recording you hear a woman tell Jennifer she can’t use the coupons, and tell her, “you better make like water and get to running.”
So Jennifer left, but Melissa stayed behind.
“I was still collecting all my coupons at the bottom of the basket,” she said.
As Melissa walked out the door, the cell phone video captures her getting attacked.
“I felt the tug of the hair and her fist on the back of my head,” she said. “Then she spun me around. That’s where she hit me in the eye and the face.”
The store manager, identified as 32-year-old Shauna Shipman, was charged with misdemeanor assault.
“Who would have thought we are trying to save money for our family?” Monzo-Marte asked. ”We donate to everywhere and this happens.”
Attempts to contact Dollar Tree for comment were unsuccessful.