- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 11, 2017

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - State officials say five stores in North Carolina have been fined because of price-scanner errors.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported (https://bit.ly/2igCmzP) that the North Carolina Agriculture Department and the Consumer Service’s Standards Division released information about the excessive error rate at the stores.

A Wal-Mart and an Office Depot store in Durham, a CVS and a Staples store in Winston-Salem and a Dollar General in Dublin have been fined for the mistakes.

The state agencies make periodic unannounced inspections of business price scanning systems to check for accuracy. If a store has more than a 2 percent error rate that causes customers to pay more, inspectors discuss the findings with the store manager and conduct a follow-up inspection.

If stores fail the follow-up inspections, they can be fined.

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Information from: The News & Observer, https://www.newsobserver.com

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