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    N.C. Wal-Marts Fined for Price-scan Errors

    BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Three stores in the Charlotte, N.C. area owned by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. here reportedly paid fines to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services s for excessive price-scanning errors.

    BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Three stores in the Charlotte, N.C. area owned by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. here reportedly paid fines to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services s for excessive price-scanning errors.

    The Wal-Mart Supercenter at 9820 Callabridge Court paid $3,600 in civil penalties, , according to a report in the Charlotte Business Journal. Inspectors found an error rate of 4 percent based on four overcharges when they visited the store in April, and then found an error rate of 3.66 percent during a follow-up inspection in May.

    The Wal-Mart at 3204 Eastway Drive paid $1,350 in civil penalties. During the initial inspection in March, investigators reported an error rate of 7 percent based on seven overcharges from an inspection lot of 100 items. A follow-up inspection in May found an error rate of 3.33 percent.

    Finally, the Wal-Mart Supercenter at 3240 Wilkinson Blvd. paid $1,620 in civil penalties. An initial inspection in April found an error rate of 7 percent based on seven overcharges from an inspection lot of 100 items. A follow-up inspection in May found an error rate of 3.33 percent.

    In North Carolina, if a store has more than a 2 percent error rate on overcharges, inspectors discuss the findings with the store manager and conduct a more intensive follow-up inspection at a later date. Penalties are assessed if a store fails the follow-up inspection.

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