Anger as shops hike up prices

IPSWICH residents bombarded The Queensland Times yesterday with phone calls complaining some stores in the city were profiteering on essential items like bread.

There were numerous reports of some stores were selling loaves of bread for $10 in areas where access to other stores and shopping centres was not possible.

One angry resident said it was frustrating for people who had lost their homes and possessions to encounter such profiteering when all they wanted was food and essentials.

“With bridges closed, we can't go anywhere else, and they're jacking up the prices – it's disgusting,” they said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“We just want the basics. To be asking people for $10 for a loaf of bread, it's just not right.

“Even elderly customers were being told they would have to pay the ridiculous prices.”

Others said they would blacklist the stores they blamed for profiteering, and would spread the word among the community to stop supporting those stores.

Mayor Paul Pisasale said the profiteering made his blood boil.

“People doing that are disgusting, it's un-Australian and it's just not right,” Cr Pisasale.

“I'm calling on all store owners to be fair.”



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