Charlotte-Area Walmarts Fined Over $22k For Excessive Price-Scanner Overcharges

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Several Charlotte-Area Walmart stores have been fined over $22,000 by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Standards Division Measurement Section (NCDA&CSSDMS).

According to a press release from the NCDA&CSSDMS, 3 Walmart locations in Mecklenburg County and 1 Walmart location in Gaston County were found to have significantly high overcharge error rates for common items.

“As many stores continue to suffer from staffing shortages due to the pandemic, our Standards Division has seen a significant increase in stores with price scanner errors,” noted Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “It is always a good practice for consumers to check their receipts as well as the price on the shelf to make sure that they are paying the correct amount.”

According to a press release from the NCDA&CSSDMS, the following Walmart locations in Charlotte and Belmont were fined:

  • (Gaston) Walmart at 701 Hawley Ave., Belmont has paid $2,685 in fines. An initial inspection in November 2021 found a 10-percent error rate based on five overcharges in a 50-item lot. A follow-up inspection in December 2021 found a 4.67-percent error rate based on 14 overcharges in a 300-item lot. The store passed inspection in February.

  • (Mecklenburg) Walmart at 7735 North Tryon St., Charlotte has paid $9,785 in fines. An initial inspection in October 2021 found a 7-percent error rate based on seven overcharges in a 100-item lot. A follow-up inspection in November found a 7-percent error rate based on 21 overcharges in a 300-item lot. A third inspection in January found a 9.33-percent error rate based on 28 overcharges in a 300-item lot. The store will be re-inspected.

  • (Mecklenburg) Walmart at 3209 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte has paid $6,185 in fines. An initial inspection in October 2021 found a 12-percent error rate based on six overcharges in a 50-item lot. A follow-up inspection in November found a 5.67-percent error rate based on 17 overcharges in a 300-item lot. A third inspection in February found a 9.33-percent error rate based on 28 overcharges in a 300-item lot. The store will be re-inspected.

  • (Mecklenburg) Walmart at 3240 Wilkinson Blvd., Charlotte, has paid $3,510 in fines. An initial inspection in October 2021 found a 3 percent error rate based on three overcharges in a 100-item lot. A follow-up inspection in December 2021 found a 6.33-percent error rate based on 19 overcharges in a 300-item lot. The store passed inspection in February.

If you notice any overcharges at your local Walmart, please report it to the Standards Division at 984-236-4750.

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