Some businesses in Texas are hitting consumers when they are falling. Lina Hidalgo, the judge for Harris County, the largest county in Texas, said this week that Houston residents, already affected by power outages and severe weather, have complained about abusive prices. “We have heard reports of outrageous prices on necessities like food, water and housing. We will not tolerate excessive price increases. Violators can face fines of up to $ 250,000, ”he wrote on Twitter.
Winter Storm Uri brought sharp drops in temperature that caused catastrophic power grid failure in Texas. About 320,000 people are without power in the state, up from 3 million the day before. fake images
Excessive price increases on essentials during a declared emergency in Texas is illegal under the law. That includes “selling or renting fuel, food, medicine or other necessities at an exorbitant or excessive price.” Those who do are subject to a civil penalty of up to $ 20,000 for each violation or up to $ 250,000 if the victim was over 65. Freezing rain and low temperatures have created dangerous conditions in the state. Power outages, frozen pipes bursting in buildings and homes have been reported across the state. To file a complaint, officials recommend that residents take a photo of the receipt and send it to the county attorney with details of the business, time and date of purchase, and brand name item. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said: “No one is exempt from the price increase laws in Texas. Anyone who sells goods, necessities or services at an exorbitant price will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. I will not tolerate any person or business illegally taking advantage of Texans, ”according to a statement that his office posted on Twitter TWTR, + 0.03%. Five days after the severe winter storm paralyzed the state’s power grid, Republican Senator Ted Cruz flew to Cancun on Wednesday with his family, but after photos of the senator at the airport and on the plane sparked a backlash in On social media, the senator quickly returned to Texas on Thursday and said he only planned to stay one night. However, Cruz later told Houston’s KTRK-TV that “the plan had been to stay with the family for the weekend.” He said he had “doubts” about the trip to Cancun when he boarded the plane, and said the decision to leave the state while hundreds of thousands of people were without power was “obviously a mistake.” “When I arrived and saw the initial firestorm, what had started as doubts that I had as soon as we left became even greater,” he told the local television station. “I’m certainly sorry this has become a distraction.” He added, “I was taking care of my family in the same way that Texans across the state took care of my family.” One journalist described that mistake as a “Freudian slip.”