GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Inspectors have been busy checking the scales at several of the yogurt shops across Guilford County.
“Every shopping center and strip mall you stop at, somebody’s opening up a yogurt shop,” said Michael Beal, a Weights and Measurement Inspector with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Stores that use scales to determine the price of frozen yogurt are only allowed to charge customers for the weight of the product, not containers or utensils.
Inspectors check the accuracy of scales with certified weights, along with the stores’ prices.
Beal says he usually has the store ring up an order using his weights and every container the store offers, to make sure the container weight isn’t factored into the tab.
“You’re actually paying for just the product,” Beal explained.
FOX8 went along with Beal when he inspected Red Mango at the Friendly Center in Greensboro. The store passed the inspection, however, Beal has found a few stores in Guilford County that were charging customers for the containers.
“It can be as little as 3 or 4 cents up to 15 to 20 cents. It’s not a big money amount, but it is part of the law. We have to enforce and we try to educate everyone, so everyone is playing the same,” Beal explained.
Customers should make sure the scale is at zero before they weigh their order. There should be a sticker on the scale to show when the store was last inspected.
A store that does not pass inspection is given a week to fix the problem, then an inspector will check again.
State inspectors check any store that uses a scale to calculate prices, including salad bars at grocery stores.