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State fines stores over scanner violations

MONTPELIER The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets recently assessed penalties to numerous retail establishments for violating Vermont retail pricing laws. The Dollar General Store, Rite Aid of Vermont, Kinney Drugs, and Macs Market are among the retail outlets that have been assessed penalties ranging from $420.00 to $4,255.00 for overcharging consumers for items purchased in their stores. Scanner discrepancies ranged from 4 percent error to 12 percent. Rite Aid Vermont alone had a range of scanner discrepancies from 4 percent error to 8 percent error with over $15,000 in penalties assessed. Laser scanner checkout systems fall under the states weights and measures laws which come under the jurisdiction of the Agency of Agriculture, commented Mike Duane, assistant attorney general, who serves as the agencys general counsel. In most instances the charges are not contested and the stores have paid the penalties assessed. There was no evidence of any intentional wrong doing in any of these cases. Local stores and fines: Dollar General, Colchester, $420; GU Markets, S. Burlington, $1,235; Kinney Drugs, S. Burlington, $1,305; Macs Market, Essex, $3,510; Macs Market, Essex Junction, $200; Natural Provisions, Williston, $970; Rite Aid, Colchester, $1,035; Rite Aid, Essex, $1,305; Rite Aid Pharmacy, Burlington, $1,035; Shelburne Supermarket, Shelburne, $890.

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