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2 stores in the Charlotte area get fined for overcharging at the checkout

Two stores in the Charlotte area were among nine in the state fined for charging the wrong prices at the checkout counter.
Two stores in the Charlotte area were among nine in the state fined for charging the wrong prices at the checkout counter. MCT

Nine stores across the state, including two in the Charlotte area, have been fined after a statewide check of price scanners at stores, according to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

The two local stores that were fined were the Walmart at 11145 Bryton Town Center Drive in Huntersville and the Dollar General at 2804 W. Sugar Creek Road. Walmart was fined $1,230 after two inspections, in November and January, found overcharges. Dollar General was fined $1,995 after inspections in January and February.

The other stores statewide include Dollar Generals in Prospect Hill in Caswell County, Magnolia in Duplin County, Marion in McDowell County and Eden in Rockingham County. Also fined: K-Mart in Jacksonville, Petsmart in Raleigh, and Advance Auto Parts in Raleigh.

In all cases, the error rates ranged from 3 percent to 12 percent. NCDA’s Standards Division conducts occasional unannounced inspections to check price-scanner systems for accuracy between the prices advertised and the prices that are rung up at the register. If a store has an error rate higher than 2 percent, the store is reinspected and penalized if it fails the second inspection. If the store is penalized, it’s reinspected every 60 days until the error rate is lower than 2 percent.

All nine stores fined had been inspected at least twice.

If you have problems with scanner errors, you can report it to the Standards Division by calling 919-707-3225.

Kathleen Purvis; 704-358-5236.

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