With Floridians fleeing Hurricane Matthew, businesses around the state are doing their best to take advantage of them by price-gouging the heck out of fuel and life-sustaining items such as food and shelter.
There have been numerous reports of gas stations jacking up their prices up to $9.99 per gallon, and hotels following the lead by doubling, and in some cases tripling their average nightly room rates.
Would you believe that one convenience store even marked up a $4 pack of water to $30?
It is illegal to price gouge during a declared state of Emergency in Florida
During a state of emergency, you cannot substantially raise prices, whether its a hotel room, fuel, commodities such as water, generators, you cannot raise prices substantially- Attorney General Pam Bondi (NBC’s Today Show)
Bondi’s office has set up a special price-gouging hotline so that people can report these alleged crimes.
According to the latest reports, Hurricane Matthew continues to batter the Florida coastline is appears to be heading straight towards South Carolina.