Target Australia is the second company to be accused of exploiting Queensland’s clean water shortage after putting a $72 price tag on a 24 pack of 600ml spring water bottles.
A picture of the water bottles was taken at a Target store in ex-Cyclone Debbie ravaged Bowen, Queensland.
Natalie Maher posted the picture to Facebook and said she thought the price was a mistake, however it was confirmed by a worker.
A picture of 24 600ml water bottles being sold for $72 was taken at a Target store in ex-Cyclone Debbie ravaged Bowen, Queensland.
Natalie Maher posted the picture to Facebook and said she thought the price was a mistake, however it was confirmed by a worker
‘Talk about price gauging us while we are in need. Disgusting mongrels,’ she said on Facebook.
‘I had only just left the disaster recovery people with lifeline there who gave me 12 bottles of water to bring home so we have clean drinking water and Target are pulling this stunt.
‘I will refuse to shop at Target from now on – it’s outright disgusting and so wrong to say the least.’
A BP petrol station in the Whitsundays was also accused of taking advantage of the clean water shortage.
A carton of water bottles was being offered for $44 to residents still counting the costs of Cyclone Debbie.
A BP petrol station was been seen to be taking advantage of the clean water shortage by offering bottles for $44 to residents still counting the costs of Cyclone Debbie
Supplies were replenished by these locals after the Whitsunday Regional Council advised residents not to drink tap water
Locals queue up for petrol in Airlie Beach after Cyclone Debbie
The water was marked up by up to $26 after the same product was found online retailing for as low as $18.
State MP Jason Costigan hit out, telling nine.com.au. anyone caught trying to take advantage of people should be ‘named and shamed’.
‘These mongrels should be dobbed in to the Office of Fair Trading,’ he said.
‘I’ll be raising it with the Attorney-General in due course.’
The hunt for clean water comes after council told residents that tap water could be discoloured and contain potentially dangerous levels of bacteria.
Water access has been restored to Bowen, however residents have been told to boil tap water before drinking it.