Please take to mind that I've never seen this show on TLC, but have read this article (that a couponing friend of mine shared on facebook) and several comments afterward. If this is really what this woman did (read down into the comments...it appears that she told the Safeway manager that's what she was going to do, he told her not to, and she did it anyway), it is FRAUD.
Another thing that constitutes coupon fraud is when you photocopy internet printed coupons. That is a big no no so far as to... you can be prosecuted and fined if you do it and are caught. Each computer is allowed (99.9% of the time) only 2 prints of each coupon. If they're using a lot of printed coupons, you're right, it may be fraudulent. But if all they're doing is using coupons for the correct items, then there's nothing wrong with that.
Clearing the shelves when shopping, however, is a totally different story. It's not necessarily against the rules (depending on store policy), but it's TOTALLY against coupon etiquette. Seriously, if you want 100 of an item, break it up into separate shopping trips ON DIFFERENT DAYS so that others who only want a couple of them are able to get theirs, too. I'm ready to hunt the local ones down and give them a stern "talking to"...
In the end, I'm afraid that this TLC show is going to put an end to all of the non-extreme couponing and good deals out there...once again, the minority ruining it for the majority. P&G Coupons, for example, are already putting a notice on their coupons "only 4 like coupons per visit". REALLY??? Is that necessary?
Take a few moments to read over this and take to heart what's happening here. A few people doing this can make it really bad for the rest of us who are using our coupons honestly.
Was coupon fraud shown on TLC's Extreme Couponing?