Hurricane Irma continues to effect the United States’ southeast this week, as Americans begin to pick up the pieces of from the largest storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean.
The path of destruction from Irma extends from the Caribbean, all the way into Georgia and Tennessee, after the storm took a circuitous route around the tip of Florida, battering The Keys, swamping much of the western coast, and eventually leaving nearly 1 million people without power in Georgia. [Author’s note: I am still currently one of those million.]
As the nation begins to pick up the pieces from this historic hurricane, the stories of heroism and selflessness are being tempered by darker and more sordid tales of depravity and greed.
One such story comes to us from Orlando, Florida’s Disney World – a place that is often thought of as one of the most jovial places on the planet.
“Disney’s Art of Animation Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, marked up their food and beverage prices during the natural disaster in what a spokesperson for the brand told The Street is an ‘isolated situation.’
“Small bottles of Dasani water were sold for $2, Minute Maid apple juice boxes were $2.69, and there was even allegedly a hamburger being sold for $15.”
While this incident is certainly not the only time that price gouging has become an issue in the wake of Hurricane Irma, or any major disaster for that matter, it is certainly a much more dastardly occurrence given that it took place with Disney World as its backdrop.
Gas stations are regularly investigated for price gouging in the wake of such natural disasters, likely due to the affected citizens being unable to comparison shop while attempting to put their lives back together.
Furthermore, Americans reported facing exorbitant price hikes on bottled water via Amazon.com and 7-11 convenient stores in the Sunshine State, as well as one Delta passenger whose airline ticket from Miami to Phoenix had jumped from $547 to over $3,200 during the height of hysteria over the storm.