In Your Corner: Price gouging complaint
Massive hail chunks hammered Deidra Moore’s car.
She said, “It was probably about this big, at least a grapefruit.”
Moore’s wheels are now out of commission and since her insurance doesn’t cover car rentals, she tried to make a reservation with Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s Midwest City location.
“They quoted me a price of $100 a day and I laughed and I said, ‘Are you kidding me,’” Moore said. “And he said, ‘No’. I said, ‘Why is it so much?’ And he said, ‘That’s what the price is. We have raised our prices.’”
The alleged sudden price hike is now raising suspicions within the office of Oklahoma’s top prosecutor.
Oklahoma’s price gouging law went into effect Wednesday and prohibits a business from hiking its prices more than 10 percent in the wake of a natural disaster.
Enterprise told In Your Corner it was unaware the price gouging statute had gone into effect and said it will “go back to the few retail customers inadvertently affected and adjust their rates accordingly.”
The attorney general’s office is investigating.
Earlier this week Gov. Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency in 35 Oklahoma counties.
The price gouging statute will remain in effect until 30 days after the state of emergency has been lifted.
You can file all price gouging complaints here.