Ohio’s Attorney General is asking a judge to act on allegations that a retail chain popular in many neighborhoods is advertising one price on store shelves but charging another price at the checkout.

Alleging that deceptive pricing is continuing at Dollar General stores, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has asked a Butler County Common Pleas judge to immediately force the Tennessee-based retailer to stop the alleged violation of consumer law.

Asking for a temporary restraining order against the discount retailer, Yost submitted 116 complaints filed over the past two months with the Attorney General’s Consumer Section.

Among those complaints are eight filed either by Valley residents, or about Dollar General Stores here.

A Canfield resident claimed that a store in Columbiana charged $5 for an item that had been marked $4.55.

A Youngstown woman said she was charged $4 for a pack of diapers advertised for $3.75.

A woman from Salem complained that she was charged $3.25 for coffee creamers marked for $3.15.

In one complaint, a man from McDonald disputed half of the $100 dollars he paid for items.

 Citing what he said are ongoing violations of the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act, Yost has requested a hearing regarding a preliminary injunction that would require Dollar General to abide by Ohio consumer laws as this case progresses.

“There’s a mountain of evidence showing that Dollar General simply doesn’t care to fix the issue – and that’s despite numerous consumer complaints, failed auditor inspections and our lawsuit,” Yost said. “The bait-and-switch price games stop now.”

Even after Yost sued the company on Nov. 1, 2022, auditor reports show, some of the same stores continued to fail inspections, meaning they are still charging more than the prices advertised.

Franklin County Auditor Michael Stinziano required certain Dollar General stores to apply stickers to their registers warning consumers that they may be charged incorrectly.

Calling the allegations “vague”, attorneys for Dollar General have asked that the state’s lawsuit be dismissed.

Ohioans who suspect unfair business practices should contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at www.OhioProtects.org or 800-282-0515.