WICHITA — A deal advertised on the packaging of Olay soap at Walmart and Dillons stores in the Wichita area wasn’t actually a deal and violated Kansas consumer protection laws, the Sedgwick County district attorney’s office said.
The stores and the soap distributor agreed Wednesday in Sedgwick County District Court to pay nearly $40,000 in restitution, civil penalties and investigation costs, District Attorney Marc Bennett said.
The consent agreement followed a consumer protection investigation into sales of Olay “Ultra Moisture with Shea Butter” soap at 10 Walmart and 24 Dillons stores in the county, court documents and the district attorney’s office said. Twin packs with 12 bars of soap were shelved next to single packs with six bars of soap. The twin pack’s packaging advertised “Buy 2 & Save.”
But the soap in the twin packs was actually more expensive by weight because its bars of soap were about 15 percent smaller than the bars of soap in the single packs, investigators found. The two retailers did not sell single packs of the smaller size of soap.
Investigators said the actions of the companies violated the state statutes against deceptive and unconscionable acts and practices.
More than 1,000 twin packs were sold by the two retailers between 2013 and 2017 in Sedgwick County, according to court documents. The product is no longer sold by Proctor and Gamble, the owner of Olay, and its manufacture was discontinued before the investigation started.
Hy-Vee warns of security problem
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — An Iowa-based grocery store chain is warning customers about what it says is a security incident involving payment card systems.
Hy-Vee said in a news release Wednesday that it launched an investigation after it detected unauthorized activity on some of its payment processing systems — activity that the company thinks has stopped.
The investigation focused on card payments at Hy-vee restaurants, fuel pumps and drive-thru coffee shops.
Company officials think the problem doesn’t involve payments systems used inside its grocery stores, drugstores and convenience stores.
They use encryption technology for processing card transactions.
Hy-vee intends to notify customers when it can share specific timeframes and locations that may have been involved.
The company is based in West Des Moines and operates more than 240 retail stores in eight Midwestern states: Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin.