Starbucks CEO clears the air over ice lawsuit

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Starbucks CEO: Ice lawsuit much ado about nothing

In a recent interview with CNBC's Kelly Evans, Starbucks' CEO Howard Schultz addressed the lawsuit that alleges Starbucks employers put too much ice in customers' drinks.

According to USA Today, the lawsuit was filed by a Chicago woman for $5,000,000. The woman claims that by using large amounts of ice, Starbucks employees do not provide customers with the amount of tea or coffee the company advertises. In addition to large amounts of ice, the lawsuit also mentions patrons pay more for cold drinks even though they receive less liquid than the hotter drinks.

As a response to the allegations, Schultz simply said the "ice issue" is, "Much ado about nothing." He also went on to speak about the company's new partnership with Chase and Visa which will eventually allow customers with a Starbucks Visa debit card to use it in "places all over the country."

Watch the interview above to hear more of Schultz's plan for the company and his views on if America is headed for a recession.

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Starbucks CEO clears the air over ice lawsuit

Restaurant: McDonald’s

Hack: Order two four-piece nuggets instead of one six-piece. It’s cheaper, you get more nuggets and you get more sauces. Score.

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Restaurant: McDonald’s

Hack: Order a McDouble without the ketchup and mustard but with lettuce and Big Mac sauce. You'll pay for the Big Mac taste for the price of a McDouble.

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Restaurant: Chipotle

Hack: Order half of one protein and half of another kind (like chicken and steak). You’ll almost always get more than half of each and end up with up to 1.5x the protein in your burrito or bowl for the price of a normal portion.

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Restaurant: Krispy Kreme

Hack: Fill out the survey on the bottom of your receipt for a free doughnut with the purchase of one. Hypothetically if you kept doing this, you could win unlimited free doughnuts. Not advised.

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Restaurant: Arby’s

Hack: Order two junior roast beef sandwiches instead of one regular classic. You'll end up with more meat for a lower price.

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Restaurant: Jamba Juice

Hack: Substitute any ingredient in any smoothie for the same price. If you’re craving a smoothie with non-fat yogurt instead of mango, or extra strawberries instead of blueberries, customize it to your liking without any extra charge. It will save you more than being charged for creating your own smoothie from scratch.

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Restaurant: Jack in the Box

Hack: Order two Jr. Bacon Cheeseburgers and combine them into one for a much cheaper version of a Bacon Ultimate Cheeseburger. 

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Restaurant: McDonald’s

Hack: Order a sausage McMuffin off of the dollar menu but ask for the sausage to be substituted with egg—an egg McMuffin for a dollar.

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Restaurant: Any pizza place

Hack: When you call to order delivery, ask if there were any orders that weren’t delivered—the pizza place will often give you those orders for a discounted price (perfect if cold pizza is your thing.)

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Restaurant: Subway

Hack: Order a Double Steak and Cheese Sub instead of the Philly Cheese Steak Sub—you’ll get the same sandwich at a normal foot-long price.

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