May 31, 2010
Ralphs, one of California’s biggest supermarket chains, was caught lying about the weights of prepackaged items – which is a criminal offense. Between January 20 and March 9, Los Angeles County inspectors discovered 27 such violations at 14 different Ralphs stores.
It was no accident, in other words. And this is the third year in a row Ralphs has been caught doing this!
No wonder Ralphs keeps breaking the law – the “punishment” this giant corporation got was a $6,500 fine in 2008 and a $10,400 fine in 2009!
Authorities say that, this time, Ralphs and its parent company, Kroger, “could face fines of up to $256,000 each.” But that still would be about 0.1%, or one thousandth, of the profit Kroger reported in the last quarter of 2009 alone.
Measly fines like this are nothing but an encouragement for big companies to steal more.