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Court Fines Hot Bread Kitchen $8000

Court Fines Hot Bread Kitchen $8000
September 05
12:19 2018

Hot Bread Kitchen has been fined $8000 by Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili for three different counts and two separate cases of selling price controlled items above the required price.

In the first case, the company pleaded guilty to the offence of Failure to Display prices on price controlled items and offering for sale controlled items at excessive prices.

The company was also fined for wasting the court’s time.

First case:

On 15 April, 2011 the company at its Ratu Sukuna Road  branch were selling five packets of FMF Breakfast crackers at $1.45 each instead of $1.35.

The plea was originally taken on 13 December 2011 and was vacated to a guilty plea only on the 14 May 2018.

Mr Ratuvili noted that the company has two previous convictions for this offence from 2015 to 2017.

“In sentencing you, the Court finds that the Company is not a first offender therefore the maximum fine is $50,000. These in the last scale of things is on the lower end for such offences however in terms of the time wasted and in light of the fact that this matter was fixed for trial in April exacerbates the delay.”

Second case:

On 30 March 2011, Hot Bread Kitchen’s LICI Building branch in Suva offered for sale 36 containers of 250 grams Flora Margarine at $2.53, which is 9 cents more than what they were supposed to sell it for.

Representing the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission in this was lawyer Christina Choy while representing Hot Bread Kitchen was Faizal Koya.

Out of the $8000 fine, $2000 was fined for wasting the court’s time.

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