Store cleared of profiteering
THE Office of Fair Trading has investigated allegations of price gouging by the Lucky 7 store at Leichhardt and found no evidence to support the claims.
The store was widely accused of charging $10 for a loaf of bread in the middle of the floods.
Fair Trading said its investigation included interviewing regular customers and reviewing receipts and no evidence was found to support the allegations. A spokeswoman said six complaints were received regarding price gouging by three traders from the Ipswich area.
“Unfortunately none of the complainants had personally experienced or witnessed the price gouging but rather lodged complaints based on second and third-hand information,” the spokeswoman said in a statement.
“All three traders have been investigated by the Office of Fair Trading. No evidence was found to support the allegations.”
A spokesman for Lucky 7 it had also carried out an investigation into allegations and “found they are complete rubbish”.
“It is regrettable that in these very difficult times such damaging and false claims can be made and the owner of the store has our full support,” the spokesman said.
“In an effort to correct the slur on the name of the outlet, we and the owner Eddie Jamal have launched an initiative to help out the local community with special milk and bread offers.
“From Monday until February 6, the local community will be able to buy Goldmax Soft Grain Bread for just 99 cents a loaf and Your Choice two-litre milk at $1.99.”
Mayor Charlie Pisasale, whose office is in the same block as the Lucky 7 outlet, was outraged by the allegation.
“The rumours started flying thick and fast last Wednesday and Thursday. Someone put it on Facebook and it spread like a cancer,” Cr Pisasale said.
“A video was put on YouTube and that threw fuel on to the fire.
“I gave evidence to Fair Trading that I went into the store at 10am. They didn't have bread for three days – so much for 10 bucks.”