Lawsuit filed over misleading beer purchases

BOISE, IDAHO – A handful of hockey fans in Idaho are now suing a Boise arena, saying they were duped into thinking a $7 beer contains more than a $4 beer.

The lawsuit against Century Link Arena, home of the Idaho Steelheads hockey team, defrauded customers and seeks more than $10,000 in damages.

It was a YouTube video that put the puck in motion, so to speak, made by Boise residents Gwen Gibbs and Heath Forsey. At a Steelheads game in Century Link Arena, they compared the amount in the regular $4 beer to the large $7 beer.

They found it was the same amount of beer in a different cup. They repeated their discovery the next day, and got the same results. Social media went wild with agreement and Century Link responded.

“Is this a rip off? No, certainly not intended to be a rip off,” officials said. “We ordered 16-ounce cups and 20-ounce cups. Unfortunately, the volume of the 20-ounce fits into the 16-ounce. We didn’t know that. We are raising the large up to 24-ounce at the same price as a large.”

Gibbs and Forsey are good with that. Both are a little surprised with all the attention their video is getting.

Four people have now signed on to that lawsuit which was filed Tuesday. Gibbs and Forsey are not among them.

As for the question, where people really getting 16 ounces of beer or 20 ounces of beer? At this point, no one can answer that question. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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