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Attorney General warns gas stations not to gouge customers

Attorney General warns gas stations not to gouge customers

If consumers become aware of direct evidence concerning a conspiracy between companies, or have verifiable evidence of a retailer charging a price "grossly in excess of the price at which similar property or services are sold", they are encouraged to contact the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division at 1-877-765-8388 or file an online complaint at www.michigan.gov/ag.

One convenience store in Houston was selling gas for $20 per gallon, Paxton's office told the automotive news website Jalopnik on Tuesday. Parsons advised those who suffered price gouging to save receipts and keep track of how much they were charged for later. It can result in a $20,000 fine per occurrence, and up to $250,000 if the victim is over the age of 65.

"These are things you can't do in Texas", Paxton said in the interview. The attorney general's office says many flood damaged vehicles will end up in the used auto market, and can make their way to West Michigan buyers in a matter of days.

"Our legislature determined a long time ago they don't want people price gouging during a crisis when people are most in need, especially for food, water, hotel rooms and fuel".

"As of our last tally this morning, we have 600 complaints pertaining to Hurricane Harvey (including scams, fraud, price gouging and charities), and that number is still rising", wrote spokeswoman Kayleigh Lovvorn in an email.

"The Office of the Attorney General now has received 550 complaints and 225 emails sent to an emergency address set up for consumers, and more are coming in pretty consistently, " Kayleigh Lovvorn, a media relations official at the Texas attorney general, told Grit Post.

The technology retail chain Best Buy issued an apology for price-gouging on Wednesday after photos were posted on social media showing one of their stores in Houston was selling cases of water for $42.

"This was a big mistake on the part of a few employees at one store on Friday", a Best Buy spokesperson told CNBC.

Meanwhile, some businesses sold water bottles for $8.50 each and cases for $99, Lovvorn said.


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