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Drivers pleased that promotions will stick around

Cab driver Tom O’Neill snagged up a discarded 31-cent AtlanticSuperstore coupon while filling up his vehicle yesterday afternoon,happy the discounts were saved from extinction.

Cab driver Tom O’Neill snagged up a discarded 31-cent Atlantic Superstore coupon while filling up his vehicle yesterday afternoon, happy the discounts were saved from extinction.

O’Neill collects as many of the cross-promotional coupons he can find, and it can quickly add up.

“With the recession, the ones that people throw away go down. But I used to have anywhere between 10 and 20 bucks a week of these,” he said while filling up at the station outside the Barrington Street Superstore.

“I would collect them, then go into Superstore and buy little treats for the girlfriend’s dog.”

O’Neill was one of several drivers polled by Metro yesterday on the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board decision that discount promotions should continue, despite some rural retailers saying they’re unfair. None of the drivers had much sympathy for that view, with every one happy to see the discounts continue.

Neil, another cab driver, said the discount adds up to a month’s worth of groceries for him over the course of a year.

“If (other retailers) got a problem, let them worry about it,” he said. “If they don’t like it, tell them to do something to get even with it.”