Whole Foods, the Austin based corporation that fuels health nuts and hipsters alike, was caught overcharging consumers in California.
Whole Foods Market is paying $800,000 in penalties after an investigation found the supermarket chain overcharged customers throughout California.
Problems included failing to deduct the weight of containers when ringing up fresh food, putting smaller amounts into packages than the weight stated on the label, and selling items by the piece instead of by the pound, as required by law, the statement said.
Santa Monica Deputy City Atty. Adam Radinsky said that shoppers have a right to transparent pricing.
‘By adding the weight of containers and packaging, especially on higher-priced, per-pound items like seafood and meats and even prepared food, the extra charges can add up fast, and yet be hidden from consumers,’ he said in the statement.
Whole Foods responded with:
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‘Based on a review of our own records and a sampling of inspection reports ….