In a time of tragedy, employees at a Best Buy in Houston decided to exploit those in need. The Best Buy in Cypress, Texas decided to sell bottled water for $42 a pack. They would later lower the price to $29 per pack.

Photos of the price increase went viral and Best Buy’s corporate offices was forced to respond. “The pricing was clearly a mistake on the part of a few employees at a single store.”

However, Best Buy could be fined for their actions. In Texas, price-gouging is illegal during a natural disaster. Violators could face a fine of $250k.

The price-gouging by Best Buy is a horrible example of how a company can take advantage of people during a desperate situation. Best Buy continues to face backlash on social media.

A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.