26,000 COMPLAINTS OF PRICE GOUGING COME IN AFTER PREMIER'S ORDER AGAINST IT

Sep 04, 2020

By Jane Brown

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Remember in the early days of the pandemic when Premier Doug Ford lashed out against a Toronto grocer Pusateri’s selling Lysol disinfectant wipes for $29.99?

“That’s disgusting, absolutely disgusting, a company like that would be selling hand wipes for that cost,” Ford ranted.

It was soon after, on March 28th, his governing PCs created an order against price gouging.

Since then, it is just now being reported more than 26,000 complaints have come in from customers.

A statement from the office of Government and Consumer Services Minister Lisa Thompson says most complaints have been about hand sanitizer, face masks, disinfecting wipes and toilet paper.

It goes on to say that about 900 of the most egregious complaints have been referred to police forces throughout Ontario to determine whether charges will be laid.

The statement also says complaints have tapered off in recent months, suggesting consumers are no longer hoarding pandemic related items and that there are adequate supplies on store shelves at fair prices.

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