Vermont’s Agency of Agriculture recently announced that it has penalized Dollar General stores around the state $24,000 for price scanner violations already this year. And if that sounds like a lot to you, consider that since 2013, the chain has forked over more than $210,000.
It is the responsibility of the agency’s Consumer Protection Section to make sure that people in Vermont buy what they think they’re getting–and get what they’re paying for. When investigators see a problem, like a scale that doesn’t measure weight correctly or a checkout scanner that charges more than the price listed on the product, the store is warned and must make an effort to fix the issue. If it does not, or if the problem crops up again, the agency can level penalties. “We are working towards helping Vermonters have a better experience when they shop at Dollar General,” says Consumer Protection Chief Henry Marckres in an agency press release.
Here is the complete list of Dollar General stores penalized for consumer protection violations so far this year:
- A Dollar General in Barre paid $10,000.00 for a scanner problem.
- A Dollar General in Rutland paid $3,000.00 for a scanner problem.
- A Dollar General in Rutland paid $4,000.00 for a scanner problem.
- A Dollar General in Colchester paid $7,000 for a scanner problem.
- A Dollar General in Fair Haven was cited for a scanner problem.
- A Dollar General in Williamstown paid $5,000 for a scanner problem.
Dollar General is by no means the only store chain that has been found with alleged violations. Also making appearances on the 2017 list are stores belonging to chains like CVS and Price Chopper.
Potential violations can cover a variety of issues, like scanners that charge more than 2% over the posted price, maple syrups that are of a lower quality than stated and eggs that are the wrong size or are dirty or broken.