Our very own Pathmark at 3785 Nostrand Avenue came in at number 21 out of the “25 Most Fined Supermarkets in New York,” paying $3,060 in fines.
According to the New York Post, hundreds of supermarkets were nailed during a Department of Consumer Affairs sweep in 2010, with citations for not displaying prices, overcharging and use of faulty scales, among other violations.
Almost half of the 650 supermarkets inspected during the crackdown last year received at least one violation, surprising even the DCA. Officials at the agency can’t figure out if supermarkets are just lazy and incompetent or actually malicious.
“I do know that the industry is not taking the incredibly low compliance rate seriously,” Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz said. “Whether they’re enjoying the rewards or simply have a high tolerance for error, you’d have to ask them.”
As for our own Pathmark, it’s certainly not something to be proud of. Maybe the upcoming supermarket shuffle – which will see Pathmark close and replaced with another supermarket – isn’t such a bad thing after all.