(UPPER MARLBORO, Md.) -- A Maryland man who was charged $4 more than his female companion at a nail salon filed a lawsuit Monday claiming "gender-based price discrimination." Jimmy Bell of Upper Marlboro said he was shocked when he noticed that Rich's Nail Salon in Landover, Md. had charged him extra. "I went to go pay and the person was going over the bill and I noticed that when he said the price for [my date's] manicure and pedicure, it was different than mine," Bell said of the Nov. 7, 2009, incident. "At that point I asked, 'Why do I have to pay more than her,' and he said, 'Because you're a man.' They're saying that men have to pay more for the exact same service and it's wrong, it's illegal." An employee at the salon had no comment but confirmed that the cost of a woman's pedicure is $20, compared with $22 for men.
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