NC receives 600+ price gouging complaints after Florence

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RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — State investigators have received more than 600 complaints of price gouging since the state of emergency went into effect earlier this month, the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office said Thursday.

“When people are at their lowest, companies should not take advantage of them to make an extra buck,” said Atty. Gen. Josh Stein (D).

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The price gouging law bars sellers from charging “unreasonably excessive” prices. In investigating suspected incidents of price gouging, the state considers the price of a good or service for 60 days before the event that triggered the price gouging law taking effect.

Most of the complaints received as the state deals with the effects of Hurricane Florence have related to gasoline and water, Stein said. He said his office also received complaints regarding generators, hotels and rental cars.

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