BBB receives first report of price gouging from Kern County resident

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Posted at 12:22 PM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 15:24:36-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Better Business Bureau Serving Central California & Inland Empire Counties has announced it received its first official complaint of price gouging from a Kern County resident. The BBB said the resident, who wished to remain anonymous, filed a complaint against a local supermarket in Wasco.

"With many items flying off the shelves at grocery stores nationwide, scarcity has been a huge topic of concern for both consumers and business owners alike," the BBB said.

The BBB said according the report, on March 22, the resident entered the market shopping for various items. When the resident went to grab eggs, they saw a one-dozen package was selling for $4.99.

The resident said they confronted a store manager about the price and was told "You don't have to shop here if you don't want to," according to the resident's report.

Kern County residents who wish to report price gouging can file a report here.

BBB continues to warn businesses to avoid the temptation of raising prices during this pandemic situation, not only because it is illegal to do so in the State of California, but because it erodes marketplace trust. Consumers will remember which businesses took advantage of them during this time after all is said and done.