When my dad would order drinks at a restaurant, he’d specify: no ice. It didn’t really matter if there were free refills or not; my dad wanted a cold drink but not an iced drink because, as he always said, ice was just a way for them to give you less drink and charge you the same price. Turns out, there are other people out there who feel the same way, and one of them is willing to take her distate to court. An Illinois woman named Stacy Pincus is suing Starbucks over the amount of ice in their drinks.
Pincus and her legal team insist that Starbucks’ bigger cups are just a way to hide the fact that you’re not getting the amount of coffee that you used to. Accordingly, she’s filed a lawsuit for $10 million dollars, not necessarily on behalf of herself, but on anyone who has had a Starbucks drink in the last 10 years. Of course, Starbucks is arguing that ice is a key component of iced drinks, but Pincus says that there’s a difference between an iced coffee and a cup of ice with a little coffee inside it.
“The word ‘beverage’ is defined as ‘a drinkable liquid.’ Ice is not a ‘beverage’ by definition. Accordingly, Starbucks actually gives the customer much less beverage in the cold drinks they order and pay for,” says the lawsuit filed in Northern Illinois Federal court. “Starbucks’ Cold Drinks are underfilled to make more money and higher profits, to the detriment of consumers who are misled by Starbucks’ intentionally misleading advertising practices.”
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