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COLE WANTS CONSUMERS PROTECTED

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Sen. Donald "Ducks" Cole says consumers shouldn't have to "keep their eyes glued to the cash register" to make sure scanned prices match labeled prices at Kmart and other local stores.
In a letter Monday to Andrew Rutnik, commissioner of Licensing and Consumer Affairs, Cole said several consumers had approached him with complaints about pricing practices at Kmart.
In May Kmart was fined $57,000 by DLCA for violations related to pricing of items, expiration dates and scanner violations. At that time Rutnik said the scanner violations were a result of posted prices being lower than prices scanned at the register.
"We only cite stores for scanner violations when the difference is in favorof the store. If it’s in favor of the consumer," Rutnik said DLCA does not impose a violation.
Consumer laws serve to protect consumers from duplicity and irregular pricing practices, Cole said. "Left unchecked, uninformed consumers will be left at the mercy of unscrupulous merchants."
In his letter to Rutnik, Cole also said he wants gas stations to have workable air hoses available as required by V.I. Code.

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