What Lady Found Inside Sandwich From Popular Chain Has Lead To A $5.5 Million Dollar Lawsuit

Updated August 7, 2017

It seems like food portions are getting smaller and prices are getting higher.

While some of us have just gotten used to this, one woman has decided to file a lawsuit against the sandwich shop Pret a Manger, for skimping on the amount of the wrap that she was sold. Yee Ting Lau filed a $5.5 million dollar suit claiming that the company should be penalized for selling “air.” After purchasing a Chakalaka Wrap that promised to be nine inches long for $7.49, Lau was disappointed to see the wrap was only 8 inches. She is claiming that the chain is liable for $5.5 million in damages for violations of New York’s Deceptive and Unfair TRade Practices Act, as well as false advertising.

The suit was filed on Monday in the US District Court for the Southern District Court of New York.

According to public documents, the suit states that the deceptive practices done by Pret A Manger, caused economic harm to Lau because the wrap was promised and paid for and she received less than the full portion.

The suit claims that Lau didn’t know that there was a shroud of cardboard on the wrapping which hid the fact that there was a space of about an inch between the two halves of wrap, which is why she is claiming that she had to “pay for air.”

The suit has used the following evidence as proof of the missing portion of the wrap…

Apparently, this isn’t the only item on the menu that fails to follow through with its promise. There are six other sandwiches that advertise as being 1.5 to 2 inches longer than they actually are beneath the wrapping.

 The list of other sandwiches that are falsely advertised are:
  • The Bang Bang Chicken, which had 1.25 inches of excess air
  • The Green Goddess Turkey which had 1.5 inches of extra space
  • The Mustard, Chicken and Swiss Wrap, with 1.5 inches additional space
  • The Greek Falafel Wrap, with 1.75 inches of spare room
  • The Avocado Pine Nut Wrap, measuring  2.5 inches of extra space

This isn’t the first time a case like this has been filed. In 2016, someone complained that Watermelon Sour Patch Kids could hold 44% more than they did. Lee Litigation Group took on this case and has taken on Lau’s case. The Sour Patch complaint was eventually tossed out the window.

The store that sold Lau the sandwich, or lack thereof, is located on the corner of Madison Avenue and East 39th Street.

As to be expected there were several commenters who poked fun at the case…

“I am now going to sue hot air balloon rides now, I was disgusted to find the balloon was not actually full and consisted of mostly hot air. Can you believe it….”

“Hope the Judge just awards her the cost of the sandwich and she has to pay all the court costs.”

“As we say, is she one sandwich short of a picnic?”

“Another frivolous lawsuit. Her lawyer should be sued for being just as greedy as his client. Stupid lawsuit.”