How to Handle Price-Gouging During a Disaster

Just a few years ago, Hurricane Matthew battered the southeast. While the storm was not as bad as originally feared, it still drove millions of people from their homes and caused plenty of damage. To make it worse, businesses took advantage of the situation and raised their prices sky high.

Florida alone received 2,000 reports of price-gouging, while North Carolina and South Carolina reported even more cases. Gas stations charged $9.99 a gallon. Cases of water that normally was just $4 skyrocketed to over $10. And roadside motels that cost $40 a night charged evacuees hundreds of . . .

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