Today a court in Xian, Shaanxi province, ruled that the Mr Xiao had not been given the change he was due and ordered the Yonghui supermarket chain to pay back the 85 cents.
The court also ordered the supermarket to pay an additional $10 in legal costs. Talk about bargain lawyers!
Mr Xiao later showed a receipt showing he had bought 54.76 yuan ($11.62) worth of items from Yonghui on February 2.
‘I paid 55 yuan in cash, and they gave me 0.2 yuan in change,’ he said. ‘They illegally took 0.04 yuan. By filing the lawsuit, I only wanted them to return the 0.04 yuan that should be mine.’
The lawyer representing the supermarket admitted that ‘the method of giving change by rounding up or down does not fully respect the consumer’s rights and causes them inconvenience.’
The lawyer added: ‘In regard to this, we apologise again to Mr Xiao and the wider public.’