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Only in America: Putting her two cents in

The litigious woman who successfully sued Walmart over two cents — and more in our collection of strange revelations about the nation

Mary Bach won't stand for getting nickel and dimed — or even pennied. The Pennsylvania consumer activist sued Walmart after she was overcharged by two cents (on two separate occasions) for a package of sausages with a shelf price of $.98 that rang up for $1. "This isn't an isolated incident," Bach said. Walmart maintained that the price discrepancy was simply due to new packaging, and argued that Bach was just looking for a lawsuit. But a district court judge sided with Bach, awarding her $100 in damages and some $80 for legal costs.