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.