Price-Scanning Errors Result in Fines for Two Aberdeen Stores
Two Aberdeen Dollar General stores have been fined more than $1,300 each for price-scanning errors, according to a release from the state department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
The stores are among 11 from across the state to receive fines after random inspections. Five of the 11 are Dollar General stores.
The Dollar General at 1800 N.C. 5 paid $1,350 in civil penalties for price scanner errors after an inspection in January revealed a 4 percent error based on an inspection lot of 100 randomly selected items. A second inspection in February of 300 random items found an error rate of 3 percent on nine overcharges on an inspection lot of 300 random items.
The Dollar General at 1369 Sandhills Blvd. paid $1,365. Inspectors found a 12 percent error rate based on six overcharges out of 50 random items. In February, a second inspection found a 3.33 percent error based on 10 overcharges out of 300 randomly selected items.
Both stores face an additional inspection.
The department conducts periodic unannounced inspections of business scanner systems to check for accuracy between the prices advertised and the prices that ring up at the register.
If a store has more than a 2 percent error rate on overcharges, inspectors discuss the findings with the store manager and conduct a follow-up inspection at a later date. Undercharges are also reported but don’t count against the store.
Penalties are assessed if the store fails the follow-up inspection. In addition to penalties paid, the stores face inspections every 60 days until it meets the 2 percent or less error rate.
Additional failures may result in more penalties.
Each store could have been assessed a civil penalty of up to $5,000 for each violation under the Weights and Measures Act of 1975. Money collected from the penalties is distributed to school systems statewide.
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