There are shopping deals and then there are shopping deals.
Unfortunately, all aren't legal.
Take, for example, the recent shopping trip of a Hellertown woman to the Walmart in Lower Macungie Township.
Jessica Warjas, 34, of 1096 Pine Court picked out two rugs on Sept. 27 that might have made fine additions to her home. But, according to police, she instead made her way to the customer service counter where she returned the rugs in exchange for a Walmart gift card.
Seems she couldn't find the receipt, so the store would only give her credit via the gift card. Of course, as it turned out, she had no receipt because she hadn't purchased the rugs in the first place, according to state police at Fogelsville.
Next Warjas purchased merchandise with the gift card that she had just received as credit for the "returned" rugs. She was stopped by loss prevention workers, however, when she attempted to leave the store at 1091 Mill Creek Road. Police said she had a Keurig coffeemaker that she had not paid for stowed on the bottom of the cart.
Warjas was charged with retail theft and theft by deception, according to police. Charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge Michael Faulkner of Upper Macungie Township.