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Ever pick up an item at the store because it was on sale only to pay full price at checkout? Perhaps you misread the sign or maybe you were shopping at one of the 52 stores citied with violations by the City of Chicago. The list includes major retailers like CVS, Jewel-Osco, Mariano's Fresh Market, Office Depot, Target, and Walgreens.
Back-to-school season is obviously a big promotional time for retailers. Several weeks ago, the city sent inspectors to 117 stores and found violations at major retailers around the city including Gold Coast, West Loop and South Loop just to name a few. The stores advertised prices that didn't match prices at the register, and in some cases, they were selling expired food. The city issued a total of 170 citations with fines of $2,000 to $5,000.
If you're reading Racked, you're likely already a savvy shopper, but let this be a friendly reminder to stay alert.
· City Tickets Dozens Of Stores For Back-To-School Sale Violations [CBS Chicago]