Section: Halacha Category: Tshuvos
|Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach: How To Deal With A Crooked Grocery Store|
|Clearly, if you see someone stealing you must report them to the police. What happens if you see that the local grocery charges more than the legal price for staple food items that are under price control by the government? (See Choshen Mishpat 231:20-21) May you report this to the proper authorities? Is this considered the same as stealing that it allows such drastic measures?
Rav Shlomo Zalman answered that although reporting may be scary and unpleasant nevertheless this is a breach of the market pricing (Mafkia She'arim) and reporting is in order. (Aleihu Lo Yibol CM 15)
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