"We have received complaints from consumers as well as some of our employees and investigators in the area concerning price-gouging happening with hotels, grocers, fuel providers and (most frequently) fresh water", the spokesperson said. According to the Texas Attorney General, the price gouging has included hotel prices quadrupling, fuel for as much as $10 per gallon, and cases of water being sold for $99.
To view the full article, register now. That breakdown isn't complete yet though, as the AG's offices is still working to catalog every complaint into a specific industry.
"You're not supposed to artificially inflate prices of things that are emergency or needed during a disaster", Dan Parsons of the Greater Houston and South Texas Better Business Bureau told CBS News in an interview.
The water can affect air bag sensors, brakes and electrical systems and the problems may take weeks or months to service, putting the purchase past warranty, the attorney general's office warns.
Last Saturday, Paxton said on Fox News that if victims of price gouging are over the age of 65, businesses could be charged up to $250,000.
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They added that this was not an excuse but an explanation for the error. But the company is now apologizing and saying it was all a big misunderstanding. "However, these circumstances do not constitute a free pass for gas stations to gouge consumers".
The retailer said it did not normally sell packs of water, which made the way this Best Buy tried to achieve a bulk sale somewhat more painful, Matyszczyk commented.
As recovery efforts continue, there likely will be more price gouging occurring, Paxton said. "The mistake was made when employees priced a case of water using the single-bottle price for each bottle in the case".
A spokesman for the hotel chain immediately apologized and said they would be ceasing business with the local hotel owner. "We do not tolerate this type of egregious and unethical behavior".