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  • Subject: price-gouging
  • From: "Bill Meyer" <njhosta@hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2001 09:33:14 -0400

Hi Everyone,
          I saw on the news last night that the state of Michigan is prosecuting companies that took advantage of last week's events to raise their prices and try to profit from the disaster. The state Attorney General was on and she was furious. Unfortunately jail time wasn't an option, but if convicted they will face $25,000 fines per instance. Anybody want to bet on whether they get convicted? If you know of any companies in your area that did this, you can report them to the state. Remember that the government can't do anything about it if nobody reports them. The publicity alone will probably put them out of business. They reported on gas prices last Tuesday and Wednesday over $2.50 a gallon, an airport car rental company charging $450 a day for the cheapest cars (remember that a lot of people were trapped at the airports), and hotels in NY and Washington that doubled their rates.
         They said that times like these tend to bring out the best and the worst in people.
                                                                                   ...............Bill Meyer

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