Ralphs Grocery overchargingIf you bought weighed or
prepackaged items at a Ralphs supermarket in Los Angeles last year and think you paid too much, you were probably right. The grocery chain just plead no contest to 62 misdemeanor charges, including false advertising, mislabeling and selling items that weigh less than they should.The Los Angeles County Department of Weights and Measures sent inspectors into 14 Los Angeles Ralphs locations and found 27 overcharge violations on items packaged in stores and sold by weight -- like coffee, deli salads and fish. In many cases, stores failed to deduct the weight of the packaging or the ice on frozen items. In all, consumers were paying more than they should.

Kind of like a heavy-handed butcher who rests his thumb of the scale.

Ralph's said in a statement, that the charges represent isolated incidents, but it's not the first time the Kroger-owned, L.A.-area stores were accused of overcharging. Ralphs was cited for similar violations in 2008 and 2009 and paid nearly $17,000 in fines, after package inspections and test purchases revealed multiple violations.

Ralphs will likely be fined again. Fines and sentencing in this instance have yet to be determined.

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