Two Local North Carolina Area Stores Caught Overcharging Customers
Check your store receipts, North Carolina officials say, as several more retailers in the Charlotte area have been fined nearly $39,000 for price scanning errors. In total, 52 stores were fined in 33 counties for scanning errors in the fourth quarter of last year.
According to Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler, many stores failed multiple inspections.
Periodic, unannounced inspections in retail stores check if shelf and register prices match. Here’s what the Charlotte Observer say they found in the Charlotte region in the latest round of checks:
▪ Circle K at 3424 Matthews Mint Hill Road, Matthews, paid $3,155 in fines for two failed inspections in September and November. An initial inspection in August showed an error rate of 20% based on 10 overcharges in a 50-item lot.
▪ Family Dollar at 7921 Old Statesville Road, Charlotte, paid $15,000 in fines. An initial inspection last March found an error rate of 40% based on 20 overcharges in a 50-item lot. The store also failed three follow-up inspections from June through October. The store also failed a December inspection with an error rate of 12.3% based on 37 overcharges in a 300-item lot and was assessed a $5,000 fine.
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