Carl Mayer, the attorney who filed the lawsuits and represents the five customers, claims a dozen Dunkin' locations allegedly charged customers a few extra cents in taxes 70% of the time, and that it quickly adds up -- to the tune of $10 million in New York and $4 million in New Jersey over the course of three years, according to the report. It's worth emphasizing, however, that the accusations against the donut purveyor originate from lawsuits and not an investigation carried out by any governmental consumer protection agency, as seen in the case of the recent Whole Foods overpricing scandal.
A Dunkin' spokesperson responded to our questions about the lawsuits with the following statement:
"Dunkin' Donuts has over 1,000 restaurants in New Jersey and New York that are owned and operated by individual franchisees, who are expected to comply with all applicable state and federal laws including those relating to taxation. We are in the process of reaching out to the franchisees identified in the complaint in order to determine whether these taxes were charged to customers."