Price gougers will be fined when caught

Philipsburg — Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher has asked residents to be vigilant and report all instances of price gouging in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

The Minister had already received reports of price gouging before the hurricane impacted the area, and now wants to send a clear message to businesses that this will not be tolerated. Heavy fines will be issued to any supermarket, lumber company, ect., caught charging exorbitant prices.

The public is also being asked to save their receipts and report suspected price gouging. This will assist the Economic Inspection Department is controlling and fining the respective business if necessary.

The Minister has asked all businesses not to take advantage of the situation and/or the people. The issuing of fines are regulated by law under the Prijzenverordering (prices regulation).

Photos by TODAY Photo Journalist, Milton Pieters.

Source: TODAY