By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Managing Editor

Several years ago THE CALL researched why gasoline prices are higher in the black community than the suburbs. We were told that it costs more because insurance rates were higher on tanker trucks going through the urban core due to the higher likelihood that the driver would be involved in a traffic accident because traffic is more intense in the black community.

Everyone is fully aware that a loaf of bread is higher in the urban core than it is in the suburb even though people in
the urban core, on the average, make far less money than those living in the suburbs.

During the COVID-19 pandemic we have noticed a great deal of inflated prices on items such as eggs, milk, bread and meat. Many people may not notice the increases because the prices are always high.

Since the coronavirus outbreak THE CALL has received a number of calls and emails complaining about the price differences not only among competing stores, but chain stores throughout the community.

One chain store sold the same hand sanitizer at their Bannister and Blue Ridge store for $10.99. At their 103rd Street
store the same exact hand sanitizer sold for $6.45 and at their Belton and Raymore store it sold for $5.99.

The excuses store personnel give range from the shipments were ordered at different times to some were purchased at
close out prices and some were even purchased through a different distributor.