Hurricane Harvey Price Gouging Complaints Include $99 For Water

Damaged houses and flooding are seen in Rockport, Texas, as Hurricane Harvey continues to wreak havoc along the state's coast Saturday. Must credit: Washington Post photo by Jabin Botsford

Price gouging by Texas merchants in the path of Hurricane Harvey has drawn the attention of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who said Saturday that his office is looking into such cases.

Paxton’s office received at least 75 consumer complaints related to Hurricane Harvey-related price gouging. “We’ve already found one big retailer that was charging $42 for a case of water,” Paxton told Fox & Friends. “Another, a gas station $99 for a case of water.”


Texas law prohibits businesses from charging exorbitant prices for gasoline, food, water, clothing and lodging during declared disasters. Read more at Fox News.





  1. Big deal. They will be selling esrogim for over $100 dollars also. Talk about illegal price gouging. A small little citron that should cost $1.50 a pound. We, the idiots, allow ourselves to get ripped off year after year, all in the name of Hiddur! What a crock. The criminals that sell these esrogim should be arrested. Stealing mamon from the most gullible amongst us. Pheh.

  2. Esrogim should not cost “$1.50 a pound”. Every esrog needs and gets individual care for many reasons. I am not saying that they are not overpriced, but you really cannot imagine how much time and effort goes into esrogim! Esrogim are not apples- last that I checked, most consumers don’t pick up every apple that they buy to check if there is a small black dot on it’s chotem!


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