“CONSUMER ALERT: Attorney General James Warns New Yorkers to be Cautious of Practices Targeting Jewish Communities Before Passover”
The official Consumer Alert can be found here and will be linked below.
It's illegal to deliberately charge Jewish customers more money for the same services offered at a lower price. In this case, the instance occurred at a Car Wash. At the time of Passover, it’s illegal to target Jewish customers, (or any particular group of customers) based on their religion or religious practice. The person was looking for a deep cleaning car wash service and overpaid for a service the car was normally called “VIP Detail,” because of Passover. The Car Wash ‘offered’ the exact same service for more money and called the service a ‘Passover Special.’
A video has circulated this year regarding a second Consumer Alert issued in both the City and State of New York to alert customers of potential price gouging.
“Taking advantage of someone's religious observances and practices is offensive, discriminatory, and absolutely unacceptable. For millions of observant Jews in New York and beyond, Passover is an important holiday, and their preparations should be respected, not manipulated for profit. I urge any New Yorker who is concerned that they have been a victim of discriminatory behavior because of their religion, race, or background to contact my office immediately.” – New York Attorney General Letitia James
“We're hoping that this statement by the attorney general will make people think long and hard about gouging people who are trying to honor their history, honor their religion.” – Gideon Taylor, Vice President and CEO of NPO Jewish Community Relations Council of New York”
Consumer Alert: https://ag.ny.gov/press-release/2023/consumer-alert-attorney-general-james-warns-new-yorkers-be-cautious-practices
Simcha Eichenstein: https://twitter.com/SEichenstein
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