Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has received over 500 calls and more than 200 emails to his office concerning price gouging since Hurricane Harvey hit the state of Texas.
A Twitter post by a journalist on Tuesday brought an avalanche of negative attention to a Best Buy store located in the Cypress suburb of Houston.
When journalist Ken Klippenstein, who has close to 30,000 followers on Twitter, received a photo showing cases of water being sold at the mega electronics giant, he decided to tweet about it. In the tweet, he wrote:
‘One Houston resident sent me a pic of water he saw being sold for *$42* at a nearby Best Buy.’
Twitter users following Klippenstein immediately began to use the words “gouging” and “Best Buy” in the same sentence, as residents living in the flooded areas were still trying to cope with the loss of life and property. Many seemed surprised to see Best Buy selling cases of bottled water since the electronics retailer normally doesn’t sell beverages of any sort.
One of Klippenstein’s followers referred to the incident as ‘sick,’ and thinks Best Buy, as a franchise, needs to look into the situation.
As we reported yesterday, a Best Western Plus has been caught charging triple its normal room rate. The hotel has since been canceled as a Best Western franchise.
It has also been reported that some gas stations are charging upwards of $10.00 per gallon.
This is all happening during a tragic time for Texas, as residents continue to suffer from the effects of what is being called the state’s worst hurricane on record.
Attorney General Paxton has warned that anyone caught price gouging will be subject to a $25,000 fine.
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