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Price gouging and overpricing have become a new burden for Lebanese citizens. From home supplies to food and every other kind of goods, people can’t keep up with the new and rocketing prices.
However, it seems like the government that didn’t do much at first in that context has now started taking action.
The Ministry of Social Affairs and Tourism recently fined a restaurant for overpricing Manouch on the first day of reopening. Then, a factory owner got arrested for overpricing chicken.
Now, the Ministry of Economy shut down the Redy supermarket in Kfarjoz in the Nabatiyeh area and sealed it with red wax by judicial order of the Financial Prosecutor Judge Ali Ibrahim.
The branch manager was also arrested and fined.
This ensued after the authorities found out that the prices of his merchandise on the shelves did not match the prices at check-out. The customers also weren’t receiving receipts of their purchases.
Citizens experiencing similar abuse of pricing or exploitation are encouraged to notify the authorities.