cash_register_web.jpgAn annual pre-holiday survey of price scanners in Florida stores shows they have an error rate of 1.8 percent. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services released the results Friday.


Inspectors went to 54 stores in 24 cities and scanned 2,989 items. They found 28 overcharges and 26 undercharges.

That result was slightly better than the acceptable accuracy rate of 98 percent set by the National Conference on Weights and Measures.

Four stores found with excessive overcharges face administrative sanctions ranging from warning letters to fines of up to $5,000 for repeat violations.

Those with excessive undercharges will be inspected more often until they meet the accuracy standard.