With prices skyrocketing around us it can seem like what you are being charged is incorrect. And honestly, it might be. Every year the state government audits stores. And this year the number of North Carolina grocery stores they found overcharging for items is well above normal. WRAL reports that while fines normally total around $40,000 or $50,00 this year they exceeded $500,000. 38 stores are listed below that paid fines for overcharging consumers.
This is monitored by the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in an attempt to keep stores honest. They believe many of the issues come from a lack of staff making it harder for stores to keep up. This essentially means that when rung up prices are showing higher than what they are marked on the shelves. One example according to WRAL is the Walmart Supercenter in Raleigh. Auditors looked at 300 items and found that 25 were priced incorrectly. As a result, they were hit with a $5,000 fine.
If you are shopping and realize an item rings up for a different price than advertised make sure to bring it to the attention of a manager. If you’d like to report a store for violations call 984-236-4750. Stores can be issued fines even if what they are doing isn’t breaking the law.