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WH Smith is slammed for selling an 80p tube of Colgate toothpaste in hospital shop for EIGHT POUNDS (5 Pics)

WHSMITH has been slammed after it was spotted selling a single tube of toothpaste in a hospital shop for £7.99.
That's eight times MORE than the same 75ml tube from Boots, where it costs £1.
A visitor at Pinderfields General Hospital in Wakefield spotted the toothpaste selling for £7.99 at WHSmith

The retailer has been accused of cashing in on the sick by hiking up prices at the shop in Pinderfields General Hospital in Wakefield.
It's not the first time WHSmith has been caught doing this - back in 2015 MPs called the retailer out on the different price tags compared to its own high street shops.
Marc Leaf, 45, visited the shop to buy toothpaste on Thursday for his girlfriend who was being treated there, and accused the shop of "extortion".
He said: "Everything in there is totally ridiculous. A hospital is a place where people to to get better. They aren't at their best and are usually at their most vulnerable.






Boots is selling the same tube of toothpaste for £1
"It's the last place they should be taken advantage of, but this price tag is just totally taking the mick out of people.
"It's £7.99 for a tube of toothpaste that I've seen for a £1 in a Home Bargains store or a pound shop.
"When I was there, I looked around, and there are a lot of people knocking about who are less fortunate than others.
"It's absolutely outrageous. I went to the counter and asked the assistant 'is this right?' and they said it was.
"I was gobsmacked. It's extortion. They are cashing in on sick people who can't go elsewhere. Something needs to be done about it.
"In the end I went for the tiny little travel size one and it was £2.69. That's still ridiculous."
WHSmith has 610 shops on the high street and 839 "travel outlets" like shops in airports, railway stations, motorway service areas, hospitals and workplaces. Of these, 129 are in hospitals.
The price at the hospital in Wakefield was highlighted by one twitter user who accused the company of "preying on the vulnerable".
The retailer has been accused of cashing in on the sick by hiking up prices at the shop in Pinderfields General Hospital in Wakefield


One customer said the price hike was "disgusting"
Another customer said it was a "total rip off" on Twitter
Responding to the tweet, one person said: "They've been warned just a couple years ago for price gouging. If that isn't an accidental mistake then they need fined."
Another added: "Please tell me this isn't true. Absolutely horrible to think the cost of a product vital to oral health is spiked because someone is unwell in a hospital. This should be provided on wards regardless."
One wrote: "I assume that buys you a check up and polish too for that money."
WHSmith has put the price down to an error - but admitted that they still sold 89 of them.
A spokesperson for the retailer told the Sun Online: "While the wrong price was effective we sold a total of 89 units. The total proceeds from these sales (£711) will be donated to charity.

"The error has been rectified and changed to the correct price of £2.49."
A spokesperson for Pinderfields General Hospital said: "WH Smith is a national chain with outlets in our Pontefract and Pinderfields hospitals.
"The pricing policy in their outlets is a commercial decision by WH Smith. We have however raised this matter with them."
When it comes to toiletries there seems to be battle of the sexes over prices.

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