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Floridians Are Hit With Price Gouging

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Old August 18th 04, 04:07 PM
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In the name of the Executioner of Antichrist


Now just compare this story to the Zio-Nazi CNN B.S. that we are
getting about how helpful people are to one another. How can there be
any doubt that we are also being lied to about the Florida body count?

We all know that the American government is a lying murderous entity.
Just yesterday Bush announced that he will murder any journalist that
remains in Najaf. Ayatollah Sadar was right not to talk to Bush's
puppet government. Talking with those traitors would have given
validity to them. If I were there I would have accepted them, arrested
them, and tried them for treason.

Any Iraqi or Muslim that cooperates with USrael murderers need a
bullet in their head... no questions asked!

Ayatollah Sadar snubs traitors

Bush threatens to murder journalists... this is nothing new!

How is it that the American fool thinks he can attack the Holy sites
of the God of Abraham, peace be upon him, and get away with it?

What fools...! Tornadoes across this land and England /Europe has been
hit too. Charlie is only the beginning of death and destruction for
this nation. Soon the number of dead Americans will exceed the living
and as for the wounded and suffering... well just read the story below
and you will see what is ahead for you if you are lucky enough to even
survive the coming penalties for your arrogant silence in the face of
Bush's rapes and murderers of innocence.

Declare yourself an enemy to The Bush Crime Family and a friend of

Nemo Me Impune Lacessit

Ali Andrew X98
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Waco Protest—April 19, 2004
Cover-up Church.
Interview with Carol A. Valentine.
List of Autopsy Reports.
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With Storm Gone, Floridians Are Hit With Price Gouging

Published: August 18, 2004

RLANDO, Fla., Aug. 17 - Greg Lawrence talks about the $10 bag of ice.
Kenneth Kleppach says he was clipped for nearly three times the
advertised price for a hotel room. And a man with a chain saw told
Jerry Olmstead that he could clear the oak tree off his roof, but it
would cost $10,500.

So much for a friendly, helping hand in a time of crisis. Since the
winds of Hurricane Charley subsided, officials say a wave of price
gouging has swept across central and southwest Florida, putting law
enforcement officials into high gear and infuriating storm victims
already faced with damaged homes, shuttered workplaces and long lines
for basic commodities.
"Why do people try to capitalize on other people's hardship and
misery," Mr. Olmstead asked as he fumed over the tree removal. "Of
course it angers me. They see an opportunity and, fine, if you want to
make a little money. But there's a limit. This is ludicrous."

Charlie Crist, Florida's attorney general, said Tuesday afternoon that
he had received more than 1,400 complaints of overcharging from
throughout the disaster area. This morning he filed formal complaints
against the Crossroads Motor Lodge in Lakeland and the Days Inn
Airport Hotel in West Palm Beach, accusing them of price gouging and
deceptive business practices.

Not every complaint checks out, and certainly the stricken areas of
Florida are filled with volunteers and people offering free food or
charity. But there are also those brazenly looking to make some extra

Some gas stations facing long lines of cars with empty tanks are
charging $3 a gallon for gas that would normally go for $1.78, said
John McMahon, a sheriff's investigator in Orlando's surrounding Orange

In one of the boldest cases, some contractors from Jacksonville
offered to clear two trees off the roof of an Orlando woman for
$23,000, Mr. McMahon said. The woman declined the offer.

In Port Charlotte and in Arcadia, two of the most devastated places,
scam artists have been posing as independent insurance claims
adjusters, offering, for $500 to $2,000, to help resolve claims with
insurance companies, the state's Department of Insurance said.

Mr. Crist said of the complaints coming into his office, "This is just
the start." He added, "We saw this after Hurricane Andrew and we're
seeing it again."
Mr. Crist has dispatched teams to help consumers, and squads of
sheriff's deputies and consumer advocates are also working to
discourage price gouging.

While many of the complaints have been coming from Punta Gorda and
Arcadia, Orlando, at nearly 200 complaints, is leading the list, with
Fort Myers, just south of where the hurricane came ashore on the Gulf
Coast, running a close second. Under Florida law, each proven case of
price gouging carries a penalty of $1,000; each case of deceptive
business practices carries a penalty of $10,000 except when the victim
is over 60, in which case the penalty rises to $15,000. The complaints
began to trickle in as the storm was approaching and a few came in
immediately afterward. But now the pace is picking up, said Sara
Kinsey, who has been working late into the night answering the
attorney general's complaint hot line.

She said she had heard from a man who said he was told that the new
price for a small household generator was now $2,000, up from about
Many of the complaints have been for two necessities: bottled water
and ice. But prices have also jumped for construction work and
construction materials, and the authorities expect more of that as the
recovery stretches on.
Janet Snyder, a pharmacy technician in Cape Coral, said several men in
two pickup trucks spotted her roof damage and offered to lay down a
temporary covering of plastic sheeting. They wanted $600, about four
times what she figured was the right price, based on 15 rolls of
plastic that usually sell for $10 each.

Across the state, in Ormund Beach, Chris Boyce, a salesman for a
roofing supply company, said that when his company tried to restock on
Monday the wholesaler tried to raise the price of tar paper 40
percent, to $10.50 for a roll of 216 square feet. "That's criminal,"
Mr. Boyce said he told the wholesaler, adding, "I'd rather not have it
at that price."

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