There's the kind of extreme couponing you see on that TLC show, and then there's the kind of extreme couponing that happens in Florida Walmarts. The main difference apparently being that the latter involves handguns.
Mary Frances Alday, a 61-year-old, was arrested after she pulled out a handgun at a Crawfordville Walmart because the store refused to accept a dollar-off coupon. A sheriff's deputy ended up having to use a Taser to subdue the woman.
According to the Smoking Gun, the incident went down Friday when a clerk told Alday that the store did not accept coupons printed online. Assistant manager Tracy Stockslager was called in to explain the policy to her but had little success. Alday called Stockslager a "bitch" among other choice words, intentionally hit her with her shopping cart, and warned the manager not to follow her.
"If you follow me, I have something in my car for you," Alday allegedly warned.
That "something" turned out to be a loaded Smith & Wesson .38 special.
Several employees had gathered to watch Alday, who walked out to the parking lot, produced the gun, and began waving it around. She then pointed the gun at the employees and said, "I have something for y'all."
Alday then took off in her 2011 Ford Escape but was eventually pulled over by a sheriff's deputy.
Apparently a big believer in her own interpretation of the Second Amendment, Alday replied in the affirmative when asked if she had a weapon in her car.
"Yes, I have a concealed weapons permit, and you are not taking my gun," she replied.
Pretty sure Florida's concealed carry laws are not designed to assist people with haggling over coupons at Walmart, but then again, you never know.
Alday then began reaching for something when an officer used a Taser on her. She was then dragged from the car, where the gun was found in the central console.
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Alday faces four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of battery.
Sadly, we think this story will only confirm the negative suspicions people have about the Sunshine State. Florida: a state with an economy so bad and a streak of gun craziness so deep that people pull out .38 specials to try to save a buck at Walmart.
Clearly, Alday is in the early running for the WTF Floridian of the Year Award.