Pret A Manger sued 'tricking people into paying for air'

Sandwich shop Pret A Manger is being sued in federal court for allegedly tricking customers into 'paying for air' by selling snacks with less content than advertised.

Yee Ting Lau filed a suit against the company on Monday in the US District Court for the Southern District Court of New York.

Lau said she filed the claim after stopping in to a Pret A Manger store on East 39th Street and Madison Avenue to pick up a Chakalaka Wrap on June 12, only to find her promised snack advertised as being nine inches long was a measly eight.

The wrap cost $7.49. Lau claims the chain is liable for $5.5million in damages for violations of New York's Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act and false advertising law.  

Yee Ting Lau filed a suit against the company on Monday in the US District Court for the Southern District Court of New York. This picture shows one of the wraps she cites in the suit

Yee Ting Lau filed a suit against the company on Monday in the US District Court for the Southern District Court of New York. This picture shows one of the wraps she cites in the suit

'Pret A Manger's deceptive practices caused economic harm to Ms. Lau and the class because they were promised, and paid for, a full portion of the products but received less than a full portion,' the suit states, according to Law360.

'Since they would not have agreed to this exchange had they known the truth, they were deprived of the benefit of their bargain.' 

Lau, the suit claims, was unaware there was a 'shroud' of cardboard on the wrapping

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