CORAL SPRINGS, FL – A few weeks ago, at the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, the city’s police department got a complaint of a supply warehouse was selling toilet paper and laundry detergent at inflated prices.
Officers spoke with the company and told them price gouging was not permitted, said Deputy Police Chief Brad McKeone.
The company, whose name was not disclosed, “complied with our request and did not sell items at the higher price,” McKeone said in an email message.
Since then, no other complaints have come to the police department related to price gouging in Coral Springs, he said.
Across Florida, there have been hundreds of cases investigated by the Florida Attorney General's Office of merchants taking advantage of customers by raising prices on necessary items such as toilet paper and hand sanitizers, according to media reports.
Price gougers can face fines ranging from $1,000 to $25,000.
If you know of price gouging, call 866-9-NOSCAM (866-966-7226) or use the state's "No Scam" app.