A lawsuit filed Aug. 9 in the Circuit Court of Cook County alleges that 7-Eleven stores are charging the soda tax for every fountain cup used, even if the drink inside is unsweetened, according to an NBC5 Chicago report.
Kelly Tarrant of Chicago claims in her lawsuit that she purchased iced coffee in a Super Big Gulp cup, and was charged 28 cents for the tax on sweetened beverages, though her coffee was black.
The lawsuit seeks to get people their money back and get 7-Eleven Inc., Irving, Texas, to change its point-of-sale system to properly implement the tax. 7-Eleven did not respond to a request for comment on the issue.
“While the individual amounts are relatively small, when you add it all up, it adds up to a lot. 7-Eleven has hundreds of stores in Cook County and sells beverages to thousands of people every day,” said attorney Tom Zimmerman, who filed the lawsuit. “That little bit of overtaxing can add up.”