Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Shops Jack Up Prices

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Shops Jack Up Prices

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Byline: Emma McBryde emma.mcbryde@capnews.com.au

BRICKLAYER Malcolm Peers believes natural disasters should have communities banding together, not preying on one another.

As bread supplies across the region ran low, Mr Peers said he was shocked to hear of one shop charging a family friend, whose Bajool home was ravaged by floodwater, $7 for one loaf of bread.

Mr Peers said he was even more disgusted after discovering the Bajool woman had told the shopkeeper what had happened to her.

C[pounds sterling]It shouldnCOt happen. TheyCOre just preying on peopleCOs bad luck,C[yen] he said.

Mr Peers said he also knew of a shop that charged $11 for one cup of coffee and another hiking up prices on fresh produce.

Deputy Mayor Tony Williams described any profiteers as C[pounds sterling]despicableC[yen].

C[pounds sterling]I think people taking advantage in times like this are the lowest,C[yen] he said.

Cr Williams said while Rockhampton Regional Council could not stop people from profiteering, they would have to live with their consciences. …

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