|In 2019, Vermont reached a $1.75 million settlement with Dollar General over pricing inaccuracies after stores routinely charged customers more at the register than the price listed on the shelf over a five-year period.|
And yet the problem continues across the country as Barron’s found four states (story behind paywall) had fined the retailer a total of more than $1 million in 2021 and 2022 for similar discrepancies.
In November, a county auditor in Ohio told the Dayton Daily News that overcharging at area Dollar General and Family Dollar stores was rampant.
That same month, the Ohio Attorney General sued both companies. In January, some stores in Ohio even temporarily closed their doors, likely in an effort to check the pricing of inventory.
Tennessee-based Dollar General told Barron’s that the company is “committed to providing accurate prices on items purchased in our stores, and we are disappointed any time we fail to deliver on this commitment.”
Dollar General has 39 Vermont stores.
Source: the Journal-Opinion newsletter for Friday, April 7.