Atty Gen Urges Floridians to Report Price-Gouging During Hurricane
As Hurricane Matthew slams into the east coast of Florida, some businesses may seek to take advantage of the high demand for things like gasoline, hotels and even water.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi put out a warning this morning on America's Newsroom about the price-gouging that is occurring.
Bondi said there have been more than 2,000 complaints and that even though her office is closed, her investigators are out working on the reports.
"It's unbelievable. ... You cannot, in our state, substantially increase the price of an essential commodity, any commodity that someone might need, during an emergency," said Bondi.
She said Floridians must come together to help each other in a time of crisis and that price-gougers will be pursued vigorously by the state.
In one instance, she said a hotel in the western part of Florida charged someone $200, rather than the usual $55 per night.
Bondi emphasized that, for the most part, businesses are working to help those affected by the storm and are obeying the law.
— Fla. AG Pam Bondi (@AGPamBondi) October 6, 2016