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Isaias added to price-gouging hotline

The hotline is available using Moody’s NO SCAM app or by calling 1-866-9NO-SCAM.

Attorney General Ashley Moody added Hurricane Isaias to the state’s price-gouging hotline operations on Friday.

“If you see price gouging, report it to my office,” Moody said in a video released by her office. The move came after Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for 19 counties as the storm churned toward Florida’s Atlantic coast.

State law prohibits excessive increases in the price of essential commodities — such as food, water, hotel rooms, ice, gasoline and lumber — during a state of emergency. Violators face a civil penalty of $1,000 per violation and up to a total of $25,000 for multiple violations committed in a single 24-hour period.

The hotline is already operational due to other on-going emergencies, including the coronavirus pandemic and the lingering impacts of Hurricane Michael, which devastated parts of the Florida Panhandle in October 2018.

“Essential commodities for each event may differ, but it is against the law for sellers to use an emergency to rip off Floridians, and we will work in real-time to ensure consumers can obtain these items at a fair price to protect their property and families,” Moody said in Friday’s release.

The hotline is available using Moody’s NO SCAM app or by calling 1-866-9NO-SCAM.

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  1. SANDRA OLIVA

    August 1, 2020 at 12:59 am

    DO NOT ELIMINATE PLAIN COMMENTS JUST BECAUSE YOU ARE REPUBLICANS AND THINK YOU CAN SHOVE FOLKS AROUND DESPITE THEIR 1ST AMENDMENT RIGHTS. ABORTION IS NOBODY’S BUSINESS BUT THE COUPLE’S WHO ARE LIKELY DESPERATE AND SCARED. WHY DO YOU THINK YOU HAVE ANY RIGHT TO BUTT IN TO OTHER FOLKS’ PRIVATE TRAUMAS? OR REACT TO OTHERS’ LEGALLY ACCEPTED DECISION? YOU HAVE NO LEGAL RIGHT TO INTERCEDE!

    DO NOT STOMP ON OTHER PEOPLE’S PRIVATE NEEDS; THEY ARE NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS WHATSOEVER.

    OUR LORD JESUS HAS TRIED TO TEACH YOU EMPATHY FOR THOSE WITH SUCH WEIGHTY ISSUES TO RESOLVE AND DID NOT HIMSELF CRITICIZE THAT WHICH HE DOES NOT QUITE UNDERSTAND AS HE KNEW IT’S NOBODY’S BUSINESS BUT THE COUPLE’S. SHAME ON YOU! INTERFERING WITH OTHERS’ VERY VERY PRIVATE BUSINESS!

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