US Hotel to be punished for taking advantage ofhurricane victims

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Best Western Plus Tropic Inn almost tripled its prices for those looking for shelter from Hurricane Harvey. The hotel may now have to face fine of between $20,000 and $250,000 for each affected customer.

The attorney described the prices as "unconscionable"

The attorney described the prices as
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Best Western Plus Tropic Inn stands accused by the Texas attorney general of profiteering, which is illegal under state law. After a state disaster has been declared, Texas law prohibits selling essentials such as food, fuel, medicine or accommodation at an "exorbitant or excessive price."

The "Best Western" half of the conglomerate company chose to cut ties with "Tropic Inn", shortly after the allegations came to light. The company will therefore become simply known as "Tropic Inn." In a statement, Best Wester said that: "Best Western was founded on the principles of honesty, integrity, compassion, and service. We were deeply offended and saddened by the actions of this hotel. As a result, we severed the relationship with the hotel."

The Attorney General prosecuting the case said that: "It's unconscionable that any business would take advantage of Texans at their most vulnerable" and that his office would "continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute cases arising from Hurricane Harvey."

Harvey left a trail of devastation behind it

The hotel isn't the only company accused of "gouging," or profiteering. The Attorney General's office has also filed lawsuits against Bains Brothers, and Encinal Fuel Stop, who charged extra for fuel at the time of the hurricane. The office also stated that they'd had more than 3,000 complaints, and that more lawsuits were possible.

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Chris Sargent
Posted on 14/09/2017
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