A man named Jan Polanik may become your new favorite person because his lawsuit against Dunkin’ Donuts might mean free treats for you!
Polanik sued 23 different stores after finding out that they were all giving him a butter substitute instead of the real butter he was paying for since 2012. The donut chained decided to settle and he will receive a “$500 incentive award”.
His lawyers however are going to fare much better. They are set to make a whopping $90,000 in fees! They claim that even with that high price tag that they are “losing money on this case”. But they “felt that the principle involved was important enough and something should be done to correct the practice.”
How does this benefit others? Well, apparently while Polanik gets $500, Dunkin Donuts may also reward about 1,400 other customers who were also paying for something they didn’t get up to three buttered bakery goods for free.
The settlement just needs a judge’s approval, and then those 23 stores will be banned from using butter substitutes for an entire year. If they decide to go back to the substitute they will have to state it on the menus.
A rep for the franchise says that most stores have both margarine and butter in stock and that “For food safety reasons, we do not allow butter to be stored at room temperature, which is the temperature necessary for butter to be easily spread onto a bagel or pastry.” They suspect that perhaps the stores weren’t trying to deceive Polanik, but instead just being a bit lazy to get the customers through the line quicker.
What do you think? Is this a frivolous lawsuit or are you okay with it as long as you get some free treats?