A $99 case of bottled water? Texas stores accused of price-gouging in wake of Harvey.
A $99 case of bottled water?
A hotel reportedly charged guests more than twice the normal rate.
One business sold bottles of water for a staggering $99 per case — more than 10 times some of the prices seen online.
As of Wednesday morning, the state attorney general’s office had received 684 consumer complaints, a majority of which involved price-gouging of bottled water, fuel, groceries and other necessities.
A Houston convenience store charged $20 a gallon, she said.
Meanwhile, some businesses sold water bottles for $8.50 each and cases for $99, Lovvorn said.
“These are things you can’t do in Texas,” Paxton told CNBC on Tuesday.
The company said that a few store employees decided to sell cases of bottled water even though Best Buy does not sell them by case.
At a Best Western location in Robstown, about 20 miles west of Corpus Christi, 40 guests were reportedly charged far above the normal rate.
The Texas attorney general’s office is urging people to report possible cases of scamming and price-gouging by calling 800-621-0508 or emailing email@example.com.