I've always loved shopping at Ralph's because they NEVER give me any trouble over coupons. However, apparently they've been briefed by corporate over IP coupons. It seems there are those out there who make photo copies of IP coupons and attempt to use them!
So today I went to Ralph's to get, among other things, the 4 Healthy Choice frozen dinners. These would be FREE after using four of the $2.00/1 IP coupons. I had printed out 2 IP coupons at home using color, and my friend printed out 2 IP coupons using greyscale. My friend lives across the street from me and we share deals often.
When I got to the register the cashier refused to take the greyscale coupons because she thought they were copies. I told her nicely they were not copies, but printed using greyscale. On these Healthy Choice coupons there is a lighter, imprint on the right side to show it is a good coupon. If I were to make a copy this imprint would not show up. I showed her that and she went to ask the manager. I heard the manager yell "NOPE!" and she says she can't take them because they are copies. So I tell her again they are not copies and to kindly take those items off my total because I don't want them now.
I then spoke to another manager on my way out, showed him the coupons, and he went to find their new policy. I showed him the lighter imprint on the side and he apologized many times and said I could use them. So in the end everything turned out okay - but I think I will only print in color from now on.