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DLCA WARNS AGAINST PRICE GOUGING

With Gov. Charles W. Turnbull's declaration of a price freeze Monday in anticipation of the arrival of Tropical Storm Debby, the Licensing and Consumer Affairs Department issued a statement reminding the public that for the duration of the freeze, all prices must remain at existing levels — as must all delivery methods, terms, discounts, concessions and methods of payment.
In addition, Turnbull said, vendors must accept government vouchers for emergency-related purchases.
DLCA warned gas station operators that they must sell both regular and premium grades of gasoline if supplies are available. According to the release, the department has received complaints about some stations shutting down the "regular" pumps and offering only the higher-priced "premium" fuel.
Providers of goods and services who increase prices without approval during a freeze are subject to fine or imprisonment, the release noted.
Licensing and Consumer Affairs officials said consumers who suspect they have been price gouged during the price freeze should save their receipts and report their experience to DLCA after the storm passes.
If telephone lines are down after the storm passes, the release stated, the public should be able to reach department offices at the following cellular phone numbers: 513-3522 on St. Thomas, 690-1417 on St. Croix, and 513-2333 on St. John.

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With Gov. Charles W. Turnbull's declaration of a price freeze Monday in anticipation of the arrival of Tropical Storm Debby, the Licensing and Consumer Affairs Department issued a statement reminding the public that for the duration of the freeze, all prices must remain at existing levels -- as must all delivery methods, terms, discounts, concessions and methods of payment.
In addition, Turnbull said, vendors must accept government vouchers for emergency-related purchases.
DLCA warned gas station operators that they must sell both regular and premium grades of gasoline if supplies are available. According to the release, the department has received complaints about some stations shutting down the "regular" pumps and offering only the higher-priced "premium" fuel.
Providers of goods and services who increase prices without approval during a freeze are subject to fine or imprisonment, the release noted.
Licensing and Consumer Affairs officials said consumers who suspect they have been price gouged during the price freeze should save their receipts and report their experience to DLCA after the storm passes.
If telephone lines are down after the storm passes, the release stated, the public should be able to reach department offices at the following cellular phone numbers: 513-3522 on St. Thomas, 690-1417 on St. Croix, and 513-2333 on St. John.