Whole Foods penalized for overcharging California customers

Updated: 06/26/2014 11:35 AM | Created: 06/26/2014 11:04 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

A judge ordered Whole Foods Market to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in penalties after several southern California stores were found to have been overcharging customers.

According to a news release, the city attorneys of Los Angeles, Santa Monica and San Diego reached an $800,000 settlement with Whole Foods after a statewide investigation uncovered "widespread pricing violations."

Some of the overpricing instances include failure to deduct the weight of containers when ringing up self-serve foods from the salad and hot bar, giving less weight than the amount stated on the label for packaged items and selling deli items by the "piece" instead of by the pound, as required by law.

As part of the court judgment, the company will also pay $798,394 in penalties and costs. This includes $ 630,000 in civil penalties, $100,000 paid to a statewide consumer protection trust fund and $68,394 in investigative costs.

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