NC Stores Fined For Overcharging Customers

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina officials say they've collected more than $35,000 in fines from 11 stores across the state that have been persistently ringing up the wrong price on products.

The state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said Wednesday the stores are located in Charlotte, Raleigh, Elkin, Garner, Micro, Salisbury, Selma and Wilkesboro.

The agency's Standards Division conducts periodic inspections of price-scanner systems to make sure there's not a gap between advertised prices and what customers pay at the register.

If a store has an error rate of over 2 percent on overcharges, the agency conducts a more thorough investigation and might hand out civil penalties. One of the stores had an error rate of 38 percent in an initial inspection.

Fines ranged from around $1,000 to over $7,300.

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