Customer Alleges ‘Fine Fare’ is Price Gouging Paper Towels and Toilet Paper
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.
@TishJames Fine Fare on Grand and Jackson streets on the lower east side is price gouging. $60 for these two items!!!! #pricegouging #COVID @CarlinaRivera @BrianKavanaghNY @yuhline @NYCMayor @LoDownNY @boweryboogie @LES_Patch pic.twitter.com/ds2AW9qQ03
— MarleysPapa (@MarleysPapaNYC) April 19, 2020