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NINE RETAIL STORES ACCUSED OF CRIMINAL OVERCHARGING
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 8, 2003
Contact:
 Adam Radinsky, Deputy City Attorney, (310) 458-88327
 

The Santa Monica City Attorney’s Consumer Protection Unit has filed misdemeanor charges against nine stores for charging more than the posted price on items in their stores. Each store is accused of charging at least $1.00 higher than the posted price on one or more items in a random inspection by a Los Angeles County inspector.

The following stores are accused of overcharging: 

  • Diesel:   3 out of 4 items overcharged; total overcharge = $101.10 

  • Sears:   2 out of 15 items overcharged; total overcharge = $8.70 

  • Carlton Cards:   2 out of 7 items overcharged; total overcharge = $3.03 

  • Walgreens:   2 out of 15 items overcharged; total overcharge = $2.47 

  • Urban Outfitters:   1 of 10 items overcharged; total overcharge = $10.00

  • Bebe:   1 of 5 items overcharged; total overcharge = $5.70

  • Gap:   1 of 10 items overcharged; total overcharge = $7.50

  • Barnes & Noble:   1 of 12 items overcharged; total overcharge = $2.30

  • Coffee Bean:   1 of 4 items overcharged; total overcharge = $2.00

The charges were filed under Business and Professions Code Section 12024.2, which makes it a crime for businesses to charge more than the posted price. Each violation carries a maximum penalty of $3,300.00.

Also, under L.A. County ordinance, each store that violates the law must post a notice of violation in its window for 60 days.

“These cases are a sobering reminder that consumers need to be always alert about prices,” said Deputy City Attorney Adam Radinsky. “At this time of year especially, people need to check those receipts carefully. We find that sale items tend to have the most problems with overcharging.”

The nine stores will face arraignment in Santa Monica Municipal Court on December 10 and 11.

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