Paying $10 for a book of matches, or $7 for a loaf of bread is outrageous. Sadly, consumers struggling to recover from Hurricane Sandy have reported paying these obscenely high prices for basic necessities.
Hundreds of reports of price gouging have surfaced in the wake of Hurricane Sandy - the superstorm that devastated the East Coast and put products like gasoline, emergency supplies and food in high demand.
With vulnerable customers clamoring to fill up their gas tanks or rent a room for the night because their homes have been destroyed, some businesses couldn't resist price gouging to make an extra buck off of hurricane victims.
Taking advantage of hurricane victims by bloating the price of gas and other necessities isn't just unethical, it's illegal. It will take a long time to fully recover from Sandy. Many people still don't have power, and some have lost their homes entirely.
Tell businesses to stop price gouging essential products during natural disasters!
After Hurricane Sandy hit, the length of the gas station lines alone made national news. Most people sympathized with desperate consumers who just wanted to be able to drive to work or charge their phones to call their loved ones.
But reports indicate that not all businesses sympathized as deeply, as areas hit the hardest by Hurricane Sandy saw gas prices rise nine to fifteen cents per gallon when they have been falling nearly everywhere else across the country. Food, hotel rooms, and generators have also reportedly seen unethical price increases that take advantage of consumers who have nowhere else to turn.
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We know that many business owners have suffered losses as well, and that many have chosen to help their neighbors.
Please make sure that ethical business practices are prioritized and businesses don't price gouge consumers when they are most vulnerable!
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