2 dollar stores in NJ accused of price gouging; at least 4 charged for having customers at businesses

The Attorney General's Office says they will be on the lookout for more people this week violating Gov. Phil Murphy’s stay-at-home order, as well as people accused of price gouging.

News 12 Staff

Jun 8, 2020, 9:48 AM

Updated 1,409 days ago

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The Attorney General's Office says they will be on the lookout for more people this week violating Gov. Phil Murphy’s stay-at-home order, as well as people accused of price gouging.
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At least four people were charged last week for having customers at their businesses when they weren't supposed to yet, including a spa, pool and patio store and a car wash.
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As of last week, the Division of Consumer Affairs has logged more than 5,100 complaints in more than 2,600 businesses around New Jersey related to the coronavirus emergency.

Almost 1,600 cease-and-desist letters have been sent, warning retailers about the penalties for violating the price gouging law -- 108 subpoenas have been issued.

The attorney general's office says a pharmacy was selling a can of Lysol for $12. A dollar store raised the price of rubbing alcohol from $1.29 to $8.99.
Another dollar store charged $6.99 for a box of gloves that previously cost $3.99.


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