Target Australia Responds to the Backlash From Selling Water For $72
After Cyclone Debbie devastated the coastal regions of northern NSW and Queensland this week and last, the affected areas are in clean-up mode.
Getting clean water to the areas has been difficult, and while the taps are back on, residents are being advised to boil their water first as there may be dangerous levels of bacteria present. Target Australia is being accused of taking advantage of the water shortage, with evidence surfacing that its Bowen store is selling a 24-pack of 600ml bottles of water for $72. BP in the Whitsundays has also been accused of upping the price of bottled water, and the internet is furious.
In a statement released this morning, Target Australia said, "At Target we sell our Cool Ridge water for $3 per 600ml bottle. The $72 sign was a misunderstanding at the Bowen store where a team member thought they were helping the community by selling the water by the slab. Due to the water shortage situation at Bowen, we had reduced the price to $1 per bottle on Saturday. We apologise for the misunderstanding over the weekend."