Customer sues McDonald’s over 41 cents, but it may actually be justified; what do you think?

An unhappy McDonald’s customer is suing restaurants in two Illinois counties because the Extra Value Meal did not live up to its name.

James W. Gertie of Des Plaines claimed that the cheeseburger Extra Value Meals at restaurants operated by Karis Management Co. are more expensive than if the items were purchased separately, the Arlington Heights Daily Herald reported.

The bundled Extra Value Meal of two cheeseburgers, medium fries and a soft drink costs $5.90, an additional 41 cents more than if the items are purchased individually.

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“The reason that I am doing this is not about the 41 cents,” Gertie told the Daily Herald. “It’s because of the principle. A value meal is supposed to be a cheaper price. That’s the whole point of a ‘value’ meal. I believe in the principle of true advertising. If a company advertises something to be a value, then that is what it should be.”

Gertie is seeking class-action status for consumer fraud and deceptive practices in a lawsuit filed Dec. 13 in Cook County court against the suburban Chicago McDonald’s franchisee.

So does the “principle” justify this lawsuit over 41 cents? Tell us what you think in the comments section.

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