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Sunee Sunee is offline
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Starbucks being sued for removing an offer

Starbucks is being sued for £60million for withdrawing a free drinks offer.
Read http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/5344884.stm

I wonder if the plaintiff will get anywhere with this.

If the same thing happened in the UK, would there be any legal ground for a case?
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The UK justice system would laugh at the woman...

God knows why the US is in such a terrible state with litigation. The lawyers are really sharks over the pond.

I doubt it will go anywhere tho...

(I actually just posted this same news story on another business forum lol)
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*shakes head in dismay*

some people will try anything for a free buck. I hope it gets slung out of court, or she gets awarded $2 to buy herself a cup of coffee.
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When it gets thrown out of court, Starbucks could really market this situation.

"Starbucks, are coffee is so good that people sue us for a cup "
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I like the quote from the article "one customer in New York city felt so betrayed she approached a lawyer."

Betrayed?!? Pehaps a bit harsh just cos she couldn't get a free coffee.

Crazy US stuff as usual :P
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It says in the BBC article that it was an offer for employees and their family and friends. The court might get her to prove how she is related to or friends with a Starbucks employee. Really though, I don't get this at all. To me it sounds as though it was an informal message sent to company employees in the south-east of the USA. Now, not only does this woman live in the NORTH-east of the country, but if it was just an informal message, how can she say that it is a legal contract saying that the company HAS to give anyone who asks for it a free coffee.

And if it was a formal message done by the book, terms and conditions will reveal whether Starbucks has made a little mistake, or some mad woman thinks she is going to be able to fairly share $60 between everyone who *claims* to have been ripped off (money grabbers will end up getting $1 each perhaps! ).

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damn, that's pathetic, starbucks or any place are well in there rights to revoke any offer at any time!
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It's one thing, your average crazy lady in the street wanting to sue Starbucks for no good reason...

... it's another, a qualified lawyer actually agreeing to take this on. I can't believe that either of them seriously think they'll win.
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God bless America and all those who live in it...

I can think of better things to sue Starbucks for myself - surely the amount they charge for, in my opinion, mediocre coffee should be a criminal offence in itself?!?

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God bless America and all those who live in it...

I can think of better things to sue Starbucks for myself - surely the amount they charge for, in my opinion, mediocre coffee should be a criminal offence in itself?!?

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