Shoppers warned to double check receipts

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SAN DIEGO — San Diego County officials reminded holiday shoppers Thursday to double-check receipts to make sure they are not being overcharged due to faulty cash register price scanners.

plastic-bagsThe county’s Agriculture, Weights and Measures department is tasked with inspecting devices at thousands of businesses annually to ensure they operate correctly.

Overcharges, however, do occur. County inspections routinely find about 20 percent of businesses make overcharge errors, county officials said.   Agriculture, Weights and Measures department officials said consumers can protect themselves checking the receipt, then notifying the store’s management of any discrepancies; and using sales advertising to verify prices and knowing that retailers cannot legally charge more than their lowest advertised, posted or quoted price.

Shoppers should also watch for publicized sales, make a shopping list, comparison shop and use a spending plan and a timetable to take advantage of future sales, county officials said.

County officials said overcharges that cannot be resolved at the store level should be reported to the Agriculture, Weights and Measures by calling (888) 878-3722.

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