The national retail chain Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us has been ordered to pay $178,730 in a legal settlement over pricing errors at the companies’ Southern California locations.
More than 4,000 pricing inaccuracies were found as a result of an undercover investigation involving San Diego County and Los Angeles County prosecutors.
The inspections were done between late 2009 and mid-2012 and “revealed a significant pattern of inaccuracies in the check stand prices” officials said.
Overcharges occurred in 5 percent of all purchases.
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On Monday, the Delaware-based company which owns and operates more than 40 stores in Southern California agreed to pay investigative costs of $28,730 and $150,000 in civil penalties to be divided between the two counties.
Under the terms of the settlement, entered without admission of liability, Toys “R” Us must launch an additional internal compliance program that reports annually to the Los Angeles and San Diego District Attorneys’ Offices.
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