The “Happiest Place on Earth” is Price Gouging the Sh%t out of Stranded Irma Tourists

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Stranded Hurricane Irma refugees are calling out the “happiest place on Earth” for price gouging in the wake of the monstrous storm. Those who are staying at Disney World are accusing the establishment of jacking up the prices of water to insane levels to profit off of the misfortune of others.

This isn’t the first time a company has been caught price gouging after a storm has ravaged an area. Although Best Buy has apologized for charging over $42 for a case water, many are not quickly forgiving. A case of bottled water priced at nearly $43 at a Best Buy store outside storm-ravaged Houston was a “big mistake,” according to the retailer, with the incident sparking a social media outrage and shining a spotlight on price gouging in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The backlash was swift.

And it’s unlikely Disney World will be treated any differently than the embattled Best Buy. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, marked up their food and beverage prices during Hurricane Irma in what a spokesperson for the brand told The Street is an “isolated situation.” Small bottles of Dasani water were being sold for $2, Minute Maid apple juice boxes were $2.69, and there was even allegedly a hamburger being sold for $15. The “happiest place on Earth” simply chalked it up to an “over-anxious cast member” and corrected the issue by offering a menu of food and beverage deals for $6.

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Companies should be able to charge whatever they want for business services and wares sold – which includes food and water. That’s exactly how the economic rule of supply and demand works. But these companies shouldn’t be hypocritical about it and pretend they care at all about the victims of these storms now suffering and scrapping to get by on what little they have left. Just pull out the honesty card and admit it was a money making opportunity. People won’t forgive either way, but at least there’d be some truth out there.

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  • Blankety-Blank

    I see. So we believe in capitalism. Except when we don’t. I can understand why we have no problem letting Wall Street zillionaires screw the public for profit without ever incurring a penalty for their legal violations – after all, that is the American way for bankers, lawyers, and politicians. But local vendors must be penalized for charging what the market will bear? Reminds me of the fuel shortage decades ago. A Boston gas station owner wanted to be able to provide 24-hour service – a very reasonable, even admirable goal – so he raised his prices substantially. That would both cover his increasing cost to sales ratio due to the reduced volume of product available and would conserve inventory for those who desperately needed it even at odd hours. He was arrested for “price gouging”.
    That and many similar lessons, including lectures like this one, teaches us that we really shouldn’t be claiming to be a capitalist society. We should be socialists, with the lyingcheatingpoliticians determining the price of goods rather than the market. Except, of course, we never have the sympathy that this author advocates for the miserable, poor wretches who are victims of our economic and social systems except when they are caught in a natural disaster, at which point we should suddenly ensure that market forces no longer apply.
    For those who get caught unprepared in a disaster, and especially a disaster which can be predicted to reoccur every few years, higher prices of essential products is a reasonable regulator against selfish overpurchase and therefore an assurance of some fairness in distribution. Sort of rationing, I imagine, but without the bureaucracy. Yep, it sounds unfair because the poor will be most adversely impacted. But lots of things are unfair in society, and still are better than alternatives. For stupid bastards who live in hurricane zones but still don’t prepare for the problems which are guaranteed to arise every once in a while, tough shit. Let them pay the price. And for buffoons who are only sympathetic in extreme circumstances… well, that’s the problem of idiotic human nature. Huge numbers suffer miserably and invisibly every day, but that doesn’t make the news. Therefore they get no help from the rest of us.