Attorney warns against price raises on Jewish holiday
A New York Attorney has issued a consumer alert urging New Yorkers to be cautious of potential discriminatory pricing practices at car washes in advance of the Jewish holiday Pesach (Passover), starting April 5.
Apparently, there have been some reports in the past of car wash businesses in predominantly Orthodox Jewish communities in New York City raising prices by as much as 50 percent.
In the days leading up to Pesach, many Jews clean their homes, cars, and other spaces to remove chametz (leavened products). According to reports provided to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG), some companies have advertised ‘specials’ for car washing services related to Pesach. Instead, they simply charged higher prices to customers.
Anyone who is aware of businesses using discriminatory practices or beliefs that they were charged more for services because of their religion, race, or background is encouraged to file a complaint with OAG online.