Nearly half the in-aisle price scanners flunked state Consumer Affairs tests

December 17, 2011 Off By administrator

Nearly half the in-aisle price scanners flunked state Consumer Affairs tests
News from Boston.com:

“Consumers have the right to know the price of an item before they have to pay for it, and in-aisle scanners are a tool frequently used by consumers who want to check the price of an item. If these scanners are not operating properly, it is not only an inconvenience to consumers it is also in violation of state regulations,” said Barbara Anthony, who runs the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. “We will continue to monitor this situation and urge retailers to make sure their scanners are properly working.”

Anthony’s office, which oversees the Division of Standards, said the results of the inspections will be sent to the Attorney General’s Office for a decision on what, if any, enforcement action might be taken.

Stores that had no scanners in compliance, according to state officials, include two of three Best Buys inspected, and all four Lowe’s checked and all four Macy’s.

Inspections were conducted in stores in the f…………… continues on Boston.com

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CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Direct deposit for federal benefit payments
News from nwitimes.com:

Effective March 1, 2013, those receiving federal benefit payments, including Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), VA, Office of Personnel Management, Department of Labor (Black Lung), and Railroad Retirement Board benefit checks, must receive their payments electronically.

Payment choices include direct deposit into a recipient’s credit union or bank account or a Direct Express Debit MasterCard.

While those receiving benefits by check will be required to switch to an electronic form by March 1, 2013, they can switch any time before then.

If neither option is chosen by the deadline, recipients as the default will be paid using the Direct Express card (to avoid interruption in payments).

The move to electronic payments is expected to save taxpayers approximately $ 120 million in costs associated with preparing and mailing paper checks.

The change also is considered by experts to be better for the individual,…………… continues on nwitimes.com

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