Texas — U.S. retail gaint Best Buy has been berated on social media for alleged price gouging.

Texas attorney general Ken Paxton says he has received hundreds of reports about similar incidents in the wake of Hurricane Harvey which has devastated much of southeastern Texas with deadly floodwater. The attorney general warned that offenders who engage in the unethical practice could face fines of up to $20,000 per offense, and up to $250,000 if the victim is 65 or older.

Best Buy has since issued a public apology and says several employees made “a big mistake” in offering the packs of water for $42.96.

Grit Post reporter, Ken Klippenstein broke the story that uncovered the unethical conduct that some retailers engage in during hurricanes and other natural disasters that often hit society’s most vulnerable the hardest.


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