Ok, One Beer Coming Right Up. Will That Be The Small Small Or The Large Small?

I’ve used this space more than once to bitch about how much of a ripoff beer at concerts and sporting events is ($9.75 for a tall boy in a plastic cup?), but turns out I might not have it as bad as I think. At least I’ve never experienced CenturyLink Arena, where it seems an awful lot like the larges and the smalls might just be the same thing.

A handful of Idaho hockey fans sued a Boise arena on Tuesday, saying they were duped into thinking a $7 beer contains more brew than a $4 beer.

The lawsuit says CenturyLink Arena, home of the Idaho Steelheads hockey team, defrauded customers by charging $3 more for a tall, narrow cup advertised as a “large” that actually holds the same amount of beer as the shorter, wider cup described as a “small.”

There’s supposed to be a 4 ounce difference between the 2 sizes (16 small vs. 20 large), but as the video evidence suggests, not so much.

The suit is asking for $10,000 in damages and alleges that the areana has been doing this for at least 5 years. It’s a little strange that nobody caught on until now what with all the size Nazis running around, but on the other hand it’s been my experience that the size you buy at the beginning of the night is usually the size you stick with and you dont’ worry about what everybody else is doing, so it’s not all that curious.

For its part, areana management says that 24 ounce cups have been ordered to create a bigger size difference, and that the whole thing was an accident and they never intended to mislead anyone.

Maybe they didn’t and I hope that’s true, but it’s hard to take them at face value given that pesky personal experience stuff.

It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out and if it changes the state of things anywhere else. I could barely contain my laughter as I wrote that last sentence, just in case you’re wondering if I think we’ll see much positive out of it.

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