A group of minor-league hockey fans have sued the owner of an Idaho arena after they discovered they had been paying more for “large” beers that were the same size as “small” beers.
The potentially class action lawsuit claims the owners of CenturyLink Arena in Boise defrauded customers by selling tall, narrow cups of beer for $7 that held the same amount of liquid as shorter, wider cups sold for $4.
Plaintiffs Brady Peck, Michele Bonds and William, and Brittany Graham are seeking more than $10,000 in damages.
In the lawsuit, Peck claims he has attended at least 30 events over three years at the arena and purchased beer each time, and the other plaintiffs said they had purchased at least one $7 beer at events they attended over five years.
The suit was filed after hockey fan Gwen Gibbs posted a YouTube video showing her boyfriend, Heath Forsey, pouring an entire large beer into one of the smaller cups while they attended an Idaho Steelheads game Saturday.
The arena’s president said Monday that CenturyLink would change the size of its 20-ounce large cups to 24 ounces and evaluate its concessions during the summer offseason.
“Shame on us. We should have been more attentive,” Trapp said, adding that the arena never intended to deceive fans. “We want to take care of it. We’re certainly going to take it under advisement and fix it.”
Even with the change, small cups offer a better value because 48 ounces of beer costs $14 in two large cups or $12 in smaller cups.
CenturyLink Arena hosts the Steelheads, of hockey’s ECHL, and the Idaho Stampede, of the NBA Development League, as well as concerts.
Gibbs said she was amazed that her video and social media had gotten such swift results, and she joked that she wants credit for the change.
“We think they should call the large beer the ‘Heath and Gwen’ size so we’ll be immortalized on their menu,” Gibbs said.
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