Mary Bach, the woman who sued Kmart for charging tax on toilet paper, has won her lawsuit and $100. Kmart offered to settle with Bach, but she declined.
Mary Bach, of Murrysville, said Kmart offered to settle the case out of court before a Thursday hearing at which a Monroeville district judge sided with her. But the settlement required her to sign a confidentiality agreement, which would have defeated the purpose of her suit, Bach said.
“I want consumers as they shop during the important holiday to be aware of what is and what isn’t taxable,” Bach said after the verdict. “I would lose my ability to spread that message if I were gagged.”
Good for Mary. Now many, many more people know that you can’t tax toilet paper in Pennsylvania.
“We don’t want to fight with our customers,” Kmart spokeswoman Kim Freely said. “We apologize for the inconvenience and the problem is being corrected.”
Bach said shoppers “need to look at every line” on sales receipts when they shop.
So true. Sorry, Kmart, Mary’s message will be heard by all who’ll listen.
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