Hurricane Harvey has ravaged Houston, making access to basic necessities like food and water difficult for victims.
While many people have offered their help to those in need during the crisis, others have taken a different route……
After a Best Buy outside of Houston was caught selling water bottles at $43 a pack, the company received major backlash for what appeared to be price gouging, USA Today reported.
However, Best Buy has since apologized for the price, explaining that it was all a big mistake. Apparently, an employee at the store added up the prices for each individual bottle of water in order to get the expensive price of $42.96.
Spokesperson Jeffrey Shelman said in a statement:
“This was a big mistake on the part of a few employees at one store on Friday. We’re sorry and it won’t happen again.”
Regardless of whether it’s a mistake or not, Best Buy could still face a fine for price gouging, and the fines can get as high as $250,000.
At least nine other stores in Texas, including a convenience store that was selling gas at $20 a gallon, have already been warned by the state attorney general that they’ve violated price gouging laws.
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