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Call for Action: State inspects cash registers and price scanners

MADISON (WKOW) -- Think twice before paying for your purchases. 

That seems to be the conclusion consumers should take away from recent state inspections of cash registers, price scanners, grocery store scales and package weights.

Some of Wisconsin's biggest and most well-known chains paid large fines for faulty scanners last year.

The Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection inspects more than 175,000 weight and measure devices a year, including gas pumps and price scanners.

These stores paid settlements last year for the following violations:

  • Walgreen Co. -- $80,227 -- Price Scanner Errors
  • K Mart Corporation -- $66,888 -- Price Scanner Errors
  • Menards, Inc -- $39,833 -- Price Scanner Errors
  • Heritage Propane Express -- $36,921 -- False Quantity, LPG Gas Grill Cylinders
  • Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc. -- $23,655 -- Price Scanner Errors
  • Pamida Stores Operating Co. LLC -- $19,969 -- Price Scanner Errors
  • Wagner Oil Co. -- $10,878 -- False Quantity, Diesel Fuel
  • MC Sports Inc. -- $10,686 -- Price Scanner Errors
  • Rock Materials LLC -- $10,230 -- False Quantity
  • Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Inc. -- $9,273 -- Price Scanner Errors
  • NCR Corporation -- $5,858 -- Incorrect Scale Installation
  • Piggly Wiggly Midwest LLC -- $2,981 -- False Quantity, Seafood

Inspector Jared Williams told WKOW that shoppers should be confident in the scanners and cash registers.  Most stores are between 95 and 100 percent accurate, according to Williams.

WKOW contacted Walgreens, Menards, and K-Mart to ask for a response or a statement about their settlements. 

K-Mart was the only company that responded.  It said: "Kmart devotes significant resources to ensuring pricing accuracy. We want to assure our customers that we monitor our systems closely and that, even though we execute millions of price changes each month, errors are rare.  If a customer identifies a pricing error we ask that they notify a manager and refund will be given."


Online reporting by Dan Cassuto

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