It’s noon on CNN, and the beautiful, bespectacled Ashleigh Banfield opens her show, Legal View, with a breaking story:

“In a story with far-reaching implications for the legal and business worlds, we have just learned that Starbucks has been sued by a Chicago woman for putting too much ice in her 24-ounce iced coffee. In addition, the Chicago law firm representing her is turning the dispute into a class action lawsuit. For the details, let’s go to Chicago with our own Jake Tapper.”

Tapper: “Ashley, I’m standing outside a Starbucks in downtown Chicago with Mary Little, the woman who filed what we’re calling the ‘Chill’ lawsuit against Starbucks for excess ice. Ms. Little, what’s this about?”

Little: “I’ve gone to Starbucks for years for iced coffee. I usually order the 24 ounce version, and after a while, I noticed that there was a lot of ice in the drink.”

Tapper: “It’s called iced coffee. Do you think it’s fair to blame Starbucks for ice?”

Little: “There’s too much ice! They say it’s 24 ounces, but in reality, it’s only about 16 ounces of coffee—the rest is ice. It’s false advertising.”

Tapper: “So you’re suing Starbucks for damages?”

Little: “Yeah, this is America. I have rights.”

Tapper: “Did you consider asking for less ice?”

Little: “Why do customers have to ask for what is advertised?”

Tapper: “And you expect this to be a class action lawsuit?”

Little: “Yes. There are millions of Americans out there who have been over chilled by Starbucks.”

Tapper: “Thanks, Mary. Back to you in New York, Ashleigh.”

Banfield: “This just in—the ice controversy is spilling over to McDonald’s. For this we go to Dana Bash in Richmond.”

Bash: “Ashley, I’m at a McDonald’s here in Richmond where a customer, Scottie Belcher, is filing an ice lawsuit against the burger giant today. Mr. Belcher, what’s this suit about?”

Belcher (holding a large McDonald’s cup): “For years, my jumbo Cokes have been gipped by too much ice, so I’m doin’ somethin’ about it today.”

Bash: “You’re suing because your sodas have too much ice?”

Belcher: “Not my sodas, Dana, my Cokes. Yes, they got too much ice.”

Bash: “But aren’t your Cokes self-served?”

Belcher: “No, I pour them myself.”

Bash: “But don’t you determine how much ice goes into your Cokes?”

Belcher: “It’s not my fault—they should put warnings on the ice thingy.”

Bash: “Warnings?”

Belcher: “Yea, warnings about the truth or consequences of too much ice.”

Bash: “I see.”

Belcher: “Like the warnings in those Cialis ads on TV, you know with the old guys with hot—–”

Bash: “We’re out of time. Back to you, Ashley.”

Banfield: “After this short break, we will examine a new lawsuit by a high school junior against his parents for his low SAT scores.”



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