One that personally impacted me and caused quite a few of the supermarkets in the area to close was by Pathmark (might be local to the northeastern US, not sure).
I worked there during a "triple coupon" event. It lasted all weekend, and as you can imagine, a $1.00 coupon = $3.00 coupon.
Thing is, most items that had coupons were between $2.49 and $2.99, so we would frequently get orders that should have been $40 or higher that cost people absolutely nothing. And despite being limit x amount of coupons per customer, they'd just come back in 10 minutes later, send their family in, or just completely ignore that rule in other ways.
Also, the coupons, when they became free, had to be manually entered. Some didn't work. Most were expired but it was too hectic for us cashiers to actually check that. I remember being on self-checkout, which was basically four registers at once, and having to scan every single coupon for the entire shift. It was absolute hell.
The result was that after the weekend, everybody went back to their normal supermarkets, the company lost an insane amount of money, and the employees got to experience the weekend from hell with no compensation for doing so -> a LOT of angry workers.
Sad thing is, they had a few double coupon weekends afterwards that were pretty much the same, ended up cutting the employees' wages with the promise that it would keep Pathmark (at least the one I worked at) open, and then closed it a few months later. Went from being a somewhat tolerable place to work at to being the supermarket equivalent to hell.
A federal judge has thrown cold water on a lawsuit that claimed Starbucks defrauded customers by adding ice to its cold beverages.
Judge Percy Anderson tossed out the potential class-action lawsuit because a reasonable customer would know that a portion of iced coffee or tea would include ice and they'd be able to see it through the clear plastic cups the beverages are served in.
In fact, he said, even a child would get it.
'As young children learn, they can increase the amount of beverage they receive if they order "no ice,"' Anderson said in a ruling issued Friday in U.S. District Court.
'If children have figured out that including ice in a cold beverage decreases the amount of liquid they will receive, the court has no difficulty concluding that a reasonable consumer would not be deceived into thinking ... some portion of the drink will be ice rather than whatever liquid beverage the consumer ordered.'
Alexander Forouzesh sued Starbucks Corp. in May for fraud, breach of warranty and false advertising, among other claims.
The Los Angeles man said the chain was cheating customers out of iced coffee and tea by filling cups as much as halfway with ice.
Forouzesh said Wednesday that he plans to appeal and was insulted by the judge's remarks about children.
'Any child can figure out that they're being deceived by Starbucks, as well,' he said.
'It's not right. The whole point is that we're being deceived.'
A Starbucks spokeswoman said the company was pleased with the decision and the judge's remarks.
A similar case is still percolating in Chicago's federal court.
The coffee company is due to file its defense in that case Thursday.