Lawsuit Claims McDonald’s Extra Value Meals Are Actually a Ripoff

Suit calls this combo a BFD — “big fakeout deal.”

A man outside Chicago is suing an area Mickey D’s owner for running what he claims is a racket with Extra Value Meals. According to the Daily Herald, James Gertie bought cheeseburger combos on five separate occasions in October and November at stores run by franchisee Karis Management. The price for this combined “value” meal was $5.90, but Gertie quickly realized it was actually 41 cents cheaper to buy his two cheeseburgers, medium fry, and medium soft drink individually. (Nothing gets past this guy.) As such, he’s now filed a class-action lawsuit seeking damages for himself and everyone else who was allegedly swindled by McDonald’s deceptive marketing.

Extra Value Meals are advertised inside stores with promos like “You value food just as much as you value a good price. Thanks to our delicious meal bundles, you can have both.” Gertie believes Karis has got a pretty slick little setup going — one for which, despite repeated complaints at the drive-through window and an email sent to corporate offices, he never received an explanation. “The reason I am doing this is not about the 41 cents,” he tells the local paper. “It’s because of the principle. A value meal is supposed to be a cheaper price. That’s the whole point of a ‘value’ meal.”

Lawsuit Claims McDonald’s Extra Value Meals Are a Ripoff