The nations Consumer Protection Agency in Mexico fined 25 reported businesses over the holidays and closed eight found in violation of Mexico’s consumer laws.
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Businesses closed are temporary until the business proves its violations have been corrected.
Hotel, bars, and supermarkets were among the top violators that were fined for displaying prices in a foreign currently, not honoring advertised promotions, confusing and misleading advertising, not display volumetric measurements on products sold by volume and no price displays.
A handful of clothing stores, auto mechanics, and electronic stores were also investigated for reports of violations and resulted in fines and business suspensions.
Fines ranged between $450 pesos to over $3 million pesos, depending on the companies capacity to pay the imposed fine.
The federal agency is inspecting businesses popular with tourists and holiday shoppers in the area over the holidays to protect the traveling consumers.
Businesses found in violation remain confidential by the agency unless fines are unpaid or a business is closed for excessive violations, then such notices of the business name and location are made public with postings at the business location.
In August this year, the agency suspended business operations of 15 local businesses for violations.
The agency encourages consumers to file formal complaints of businesses violating consumer laws at 800-468-87-22, or follow these steps for filing a complaint with PROFECO.