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If you go into a store in new York state and peel off a manufacture coupon off a product and put it in your pocket to use a later time, is it illegal or not?
Asked on November 22, 2017 under Criminal Law, New York
SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 4 years ago | Contributor
Yes, it is:
1) You are vandalizing something you do not own, since the ccoupon waa attached to the product--even if you do not cause other damage, removing something attached is itself vandalism.
2) You are stealing the coupon, since it does not become yours unless you buy the product.
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