Boise hockey fans sue, say they were victims of beer scam

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by Rebecca Boone / Associated Press & KTVB

KING5.com

Posted on March 13, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 13 at 1:12 PM

BOISE -- A handful of Idaho hockey fans have filed a potentially class action lawsuit against the owner of a Boise arena, contending that they were victims of a beer scam, paying more for a "large" beer that held the same amount of liquid as a "small."

The lawsuit, filed in Boise's 4th District Court on Tuesday, contends that Block 22 LLC, which does business as CenturyLink Arena, defrauded customers by fooling them into thinking that a tall, narrow cup of beer sold for $7 was substantially bigger than a shorter, wider cup sold for $4.

Mike Campbell with Block 22 said he hadn't yet seen the lawsuit and so couldn't comment.

Brady Peck, Michele Bonds and William and Brittany Graham are asking for damages exceeding $10,000.

On Monday, Eric Trapp, President of the Idaho Steelheads and Centurylink Arena, issued a statement via Facebook Monday afternoon saying there wasn't enough size difference between a large and regular cup of beer sold at the arena to justify the $3 difference in price.  

The announcement came after a video comparing what fans get for their money showed up on YouTube.  It shows the two cups hold about the same amount of beer.  The video has already been viewed more than 470,500 times.

Here is the entire statement issued by Eric Trapp:

"It was recently brought to our attention that the amount of beer that fits in our large (20-oz) cups also fits in our regular (16-oz) cups. The differentiation in the size of the two cups is too small. To correct that problem, we're purchasing new cups for the large beers that will hold 24 ounces, instead of 20, for the remainder of this season to provide better value to our fans. As we do every offseason, we'll evaluate our entire concessions menu for next season over the summer."

Click the play icon to watch the YouTube video. To see it on the app, go to the video tab.

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