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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 2008

CONTACT:

Stephen Benjamin, director
NCDA&CS Standards Division
(919) 733-3313

Six N.C. stores pay fines for price-scanning errors

RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Standards Division recently collected fines from stores in Raleigh, Charlotte and Concord for excessive price-scanning errors.

“We constantly have inspectors monitoring the accuracy of price-scanning systems in retail stores throughout the state to ensure fairness in business transactions for consumers and retailers,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “In addition to routine inspections, our Standards Division will follow up on consumer complaints. The division can be contacted at (919) 733-3313.”

The NCDA&CS Standards Division conducts periodic, unannounced inspections of a business’ price-scanner system to check for accuracy between the prices advertised and the prices that ring up at the register. If a store has more than a 2 percent error rate on overcharges, inspectors discuss the findings with the store manager and conduct a more intensive follow-up inspection at a later date. Undercharges are also reported, but do not count against a store.

Penalties are assessed if a store fails the follow-up inspection. In addition to the penalties paid, the store will be subject to re-inspection every 60 days from the last inspection until it meets the 2-percent-or-less rate. The following are stores that paid civil penalties after two inspections:

  • Rite Aid #11497 at 9835 Monroe Road, Charlotte, paid $1,740 for excessive price-scanning errors during two inspections. The first inspection in January found an error rate of 6 percent, based on three overcharges out of an inspection lot of 50 items. In March, a follow-up inspection found an error rate of 8 percent, based on 24 overcharges from an inspection lot of 300 randomly selected items.
  • O’Reilly Auto Parts at 3121 North Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte, paid $1,560 for excessive price-scanning errors during two inspections. The first inspection in March found an error rate of 14 percent, based on 14 overcharges out of an inspection lot of 100 items. In May, a follow-up inspection found an error rate of 12.33 percent, based on 37 overcharges from an inspection lot of 300 randomly selected items.

  • CVS #3896 at 9308 Kendall Drive, Charlotte, paid $1,485 for excessive price-scanning errors during two inspections. The first inspection in April found an error rate of 8 percent, based on four overcharges out of an inspection lot of 50 items. In May, a follow-up inspection found an error rate of 5.33 percent, based on 16 overcharges from an inspection lot of 300 randomly selected items.
  • Super K-Mart #4758 at 545 Highway 29 South, Concord, paid $2,025 in civil penalties for excessive price-scanning errors found during two inspections. Inspectors found an error rate of 3 percent during an inspection in February in which three out of 100 randomly selected items were overpriced. A follow-up inspection in April found an error rate of 3 percent, based on nine errors out of 300 scanned items.

  • Staples # 1174 at 8041 Brier Creek Parkway, Raleigh, paid $1,050 in civil penalties after inspectors found excessive price-scanner errors during routine visits. An inspection in February found an error rate of 20 percent, based on 10 overcharges in a random lot of 50 items. A follow-up inspection in April found an error rate of 3.67 percent based on 11 overcharges in a lot of 300 items.

The store listed below previously paid penalties after third, fourth and fifth inspections turned up excessive price-scanner errors. The penalty listed below is the sixth for the store, and came after the business failed a seventh inspection.

  • K-Mart #3442 at 6200 Capital Boulevard, Raleigh, paid $3,910 in civil penalties for excessive price-scanning errors found as a result of a seventh inspection. Inspectors found an error rate of 4.67 percent during an inspection during the March 2008 inspection in which 14 out of 300 randomly selected items were overpriced. This penalty was assessed following six previous inspections found excessive price scanning errors. An initial follow-up inspection in March 2007 found an error rate of 4.66 percent, based on 14 errors out of 300 scanned items. A third inspection in June 2007 found an error rate of 3.33 percent, based on 10 overcharges in a lot of 300 items. NCDA&CS inspected the store again in August and found an error rate of 5.67 percent, based on 17 overcharges from a 300-item lot.  A fifth inspection was conducted in October and the store had a 6.67 percent error rate, based on 20 overcharges from a lot of 300 items. A sixth inspection in January 2008 resulted in a 7 percent error rate based on 21 overcharges out of 300 randomly selected items. The store was assessed a $3,075 penalty following the second inspection. A $1,760 penalty was assessed following the third inspection; a $3,100 penalty was assessed following the fourth inspection, and a $4,155 was assessed during the fifth inspection. Previously, the January 2008 inspection yielded a $4,700 penalty.

Each store could have been assessed a civil penalty of up to $5,000 for each violation under the Weights and Measures Act of 1975. Money collected from civil penalties is distributed to school systems statewide.

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