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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi (R) on Thursday blasted price-gouging businesses in South Florida for jacking up their prices ahead of Hurricane Irma's impending landfall.

Bondi said her office fielded thousands of complaints thus far against businesses inflating prices of essential commodities.

"Sadly, I can't put them in jail. It's civil penalties," she said, explaining that she can only fine businesses $1,000 per penalty up to $25,000 every 24 hours.

"But you know what? I will shame them. I will go all over TV and tell everyone who they are and not to shop in their stores," she said. 

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She said it's interesting how fast businesses will halt their price gouging after they're publicly called out.

"Shame on you if you're trying to make an extra buck when our Floridians need essential commodities," Bondi said. "That's horrible."

She said that they're now seeing price gouging at hotels, urging anyone who's seeing excessive prices to call her hotline at 1-866-966-7226 or fill out an online complaint form.

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