Price Gouging Sparks Outrage: Missouri Attorney General Takes Aim at Retailer

Ash Jurberg

Consumer Protection Alert: Missouri Attorney General Condemns Retailer's Pricing Practices

Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey has filed a lawsuit against retail chain Dollar General, alleging Dollar General has engaged in "unfair and deceptive pricing tactics" in more than 600 stores across the state.

"As long as I’m Attorney General, my office will always pursue those who attempt to rip off Missouri consumers. Prices are at an all-time high; the last thing Missourians need is to feel the brunt of Dollar General’s scheme." Attorney General Andrew Bailey

An investigation by the Missouri Attorney General's Office and the Missouri Department of Agriculture Weights and Measures Division into 147 Dollar General locations found that 92 locations failed. The average overcharge was $2.71, with discrepancies up to $6.50 per item in several cases.

The lawsuit states:

"Dollar General is routinely overcharging Missouri consumers for every day staples and the necessities of life. Worse still, consumers are being deceived as to the prices they are actually paying for these items. Candles, toilet paper, lip balm, lemonade, tire foam and drink coolers all have one thing in common at Dollar General stores across the state of Missouri: the prices charged at the point of sale are frequently higher than the prices listed on the shelf."

Dollar General issued a statement.

[They are] "committed to providing customers with accurate prices on items purchased in our stores, and we are disappointed any time we fail to deliver on this commitment. When a pricing discrepancy is identified, our store teams are empowered to correct the matter on the spot for our customers."

AG Bailey has asked customers whom retail stores have overcharged to file a complaint with his office.

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