NC attorney general on price gouging: We maintain the law
North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein says that no one should take advantage of the hurricane victims’ despair, warns against bogus charity scams.
As Hurricane Florence bears down on the East Coast, delivering strong winds and rain, more than 200 complaints of price gouging in North Carolina have come pouring, in accordance with the position of the attorney general.
During an interview with Fox News’ Bill Hemmer on “America’s Newsroom” on Thursday morning, Attorney-General, Josh Stein said that his office has received approximately 250 complaints of price gouging so far. The majority of them are fuel-related, while others have a water bottle or hotels, ” he said.
“What we do is that we call the company at 1. knowledge of the law, and 2. find out what there story is,” Stein said. “The law in North Carolina protects against a business charging an unreasonably excessive price.”
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“Price gouging is illegal, because no company take advantage of people’s desperation. When people are at their lowest, that is when we have to reach out to help people, not take advantage,” Stein continued.
Waves slam the Oceana Pier & Pier House Restaurant in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina on Thursday as the Hurricane Florence approached the area.
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While the possible price gouging of influence on those who are faced with “the eye of the storm,” problems such as “love scams” have the potential to be rural problems, according to the official. He warned the people to ensure that they are donating to legitimate organizations.
“Neighbors always want to help neighbors, if they are in need and there is an incredible need in the Carolina’s in the next week or two,” Stein said. “And so we are happy with people’s generosity from around the country. But make sure that you give to the legitimate goals, and not someone who goes out to you, with a good-sounding name to try to steal your money.”
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When asked about possible looting, Stein said that it was a possibility. He could not, however, believe that it was among the inhabitants of the main problems in the midst of the storm.
Enforcement of the law will remain in the area for as long as possible, Stein said, adding that he was confident that they would do their best to curb potential crime.
“The Number 1 priority is life. You can always buy a new TV. You can’t buy a new life,” Stein said. “So we want people to evacuate. We want them to be safe.”