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April 23, 1990 | JESSE KATZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wheeling a shopping cart into a Long Beach supermarket one recent day, Barbara Sparks could have been mistaken for a grandmother running her usual errands. Her face framed by bifocals, pearl earrings and graying curls, she headed straight for the meat counter, pausing to test packages of boneless rump roast, kielbasa, ground sirloin and salt pork like any choosy shopper.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1990 | JESSE KATZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wheeling a shopping cart into a Long Beach supermarket one recent day, Barbara Sparks could have been mistaken for a grandmother running her usual errands. Her face framed by bifocals, pearl earrings and graying curls, she headed straight for the meat counter, pausing to test packages of boneless rump roast, kielbasa, ground sirloin and salt pork like any choosy shopper.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 1994
Prosecutors filed misdemeanor charges Monday accusing two Target stores in the San Fernando Valley of overcharging customers. Dayton Hudson Corp., which operates the stores in Woodland Hills and Canoga Park, and the assistant manager at each store were named in the complaint filed in Van Nuys Municipal Court. The charges were filed after inspectors of the Los Angeles County Department of Weights and Measures made surprise inspections Oct.
NEWS
October 4, 1990
The state attorney general's office has charged a Fairfax Avenue butcher shop with selling non-kosher turkey as kosher. The civil action, which carries possible penalties of $2,500 or more, alleges that Bazar Meats also failed to keep the paperwork required for butcher shops to prove that their stock of fresh meat comes from kosher suppliers.
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January 2, 1986 | DEBORRAH WILKINSON, Times Staff Writer
The Gardena Recycling Center has agreed to pay $20,000 in penalties and court costs in a settlement with the district attorney's office over allegations that the company cheated customers by misrepresenting the weight of metals it purchased. The company, which purchases scrap metal for recycling, admitted no wrongdoing in settling the civil consumer protection lawsuit, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Martin Herscovitz. The company, located at 1538 West 134th St.
BUSINESS
March 20, 1996 | GEORGE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lucky Stores, which promotes itself as "the low-price leader" among Southern California supermarkets, has agreed to pay more than $145,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging discrepancies between its posted prices and the charges registered at checkout lanes in its Los Angeles County stores. Lucky admitted no wrongdoing in settling the suit, filed by Los Angeles City Atty. Jim Hahn.
BUSINESS
April 8, 1994 | ABIGAIL GOLDMAN and GEORGE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
For the second time in less than two years, the Los Angeles city attorney's office has filed criminal charges against Ralphs Grocery Co. for allegedly overcharging customers at some of its Los Angeles stores. City Atty. Jim Hahn on Thursday filed 24 misdemeanor charges against Ralphs--Southern California's third-largest grocery chain--and 10 of its store supervisors. The charges include 17 counts of false advertising and seven counts of overcharging customers at the checkout counter.
BUSINESS
July 23, 1994 | GEORGE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the second time in two years, Ralphs Grocery Co. has pleaded no contest to criminal counts of overcharging customers at some of its stores and has agreed to pay fines and a penalty. The charges involved disparities between the posted shelf price on some products and prices registered at the checkout counter. The accusations followed inspections by the Los Angeles County Department of Weights and Measures at 10 supermarkets in the San Fernando Valley and central and West Los Angeles.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2011 | Stephen Ceasar
Sentencing for supermarket giant Ralphs Grocery Co. was set for next Wednesday on 62 criminal counts of overcharging customers, false advertising and false labeling at more than a dozen stores in Los Angeles County. The company, which pleaded no contest to the charges in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Monday, faces up to $43,000 in penalties. When charged in May, Ralphs and its parent company, Cincinnati-based Kroger Co., faced fines and penalties of up to $256,000 each.
BUSINESS
May 12, 2010 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
Supermarket giant Ralphs and its parent company were charged Tuesday with overcharging customers, false advertising and false labeling after an undercover operation by Los Angeles county officials. The multicount criminal case, filed by the Los Angeles city attorney's criminal branch, said Ralphs overcharged on prepackaged and weighed products such as fried chicken, bulk coffee, salads and fish. The chain was fined for similar violations in 2008 and 2009. Ralphs and parent company Kroger Co. could face fines and penalties of up to $256,000 each.
NEWS
July 1, 1991 | CHARLES HILLINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Call it a whale of a scale sale. "It's the largest auction of antique scales the world has ever seen. Nothing before has ever come close," said Bob Stein, 70, who flew in from Chicago. More than 3,000 scales up for bid came from one collection, the largest ever assembled by one person, according to Stein. He should know. He's the founder and president of the 375-member International Society of Antique Scale Collectors.
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