Customer Alleges ‘Fine Fare’ is Price Gouging Paper Towels and Toilet Paper

Posted on: April 20th, 2020 at 5:00 am by

Photo: @marleyspapa

Price gouging is apparently alive and well around downtown during the COVID-19 shutdown.

A Lower East Side resident shopping at Fine Fare on Grand Street encountered sky-high prices for two products most in demand – paper towels and toilet paper. The customer shared images of his receipt and purchase on Twitter Saturday evening.

It shows a twelve-pack of Bounty was marked up to $31.99; the twenty-pack of Scott tissue $24.99.

It’s not the first business, and certainly not the last, to engage in such practices.

The Department of Consumer and Worker Protection earlier this month levied violations and fees totaling $101,500 to several stores around the Five Boroughs for price gouging. Including the Hong Kong Supermarket on Hester Street, which was fined $69,500 for 139 instances of gouging face masks, gloves, disinfect wipes and hand sanitizer.

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