A coupon-clipping New Jersey mom insists Century 21 short-changed her and is suing the famed department store to recoup a grand total of...80 cents.
That's right, 80 cents.
Tova Gerson claims in court papers that she used a $5 coupon when she bought more than $100 worth of stuff last month at the chain's Paramus, N.J., store.
When she returned one item a week later, Gerson claims she got back $17.17 instead of the $17.97 she had been expecting because the coupon had been pro-rated over all the goods she purchased.
So she hired a New York lawyer and tried to up the ante by filing a class action lawsuit on Feb. 10 for damages.
Gerson has "been injured as a result of defendant's fraudulent conduct," the lawsuit states.
Reached at her suburban home in Bergenfield, N.J., Gerson refused to answer any questions about the case.
"It's not a good time," she said, accompanied by a pair of kids. "I'm a mom. It's not a good time."
Told there was going to be an article about the suit, Gerson said, "I'd really rather you didn't."
Gerson's lawyer, Harry Katz in Fresh Meadows, Queens, did not return repeated calls to his office.
There was also no comment from Century 21's legal team.
Katz and Gerson, who records suggest are related, teamed up before to launch a similar lawsuit in December 2008 against the Modell's sporting goods chain.
In that case, Gerson bought more than $100 worth of gear using a $25 coupon and complained "the consumer lost the full benefit" of the coupon if they returned "some or all items."
It was not immediately clear what happened to that suit - or whether Gerson was getting any other disgruntled consumers to go after Modell's.
In the Century 21 case, Gerson claims she bought $108.16 from the store on Jan. 10.
Included in the court papers are a copy of a receipt for purchases of tights, leggings, "faux suede" moccasins and other items. It says Gerson paid cash and got the $5 off.
On Jan. 19, Gerson returned a pink, two-piece, infant girl's outfit citing "incorrect size," according a copy of another receipt.
"By pro-rating the $5.00, the plaintiff lost the amount of $0.80 she would have been entitled to as part of a coupon she used," the lawsuit states.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Woman sues Century 21 for 80 cents.
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