Two arrested for selling expensive flu masks in Mexico City
Two people have been arrested in Mexico City today for selling flu masks on the street for 25 times their regular price. Surgical masks are a hot ticket item right now as people try to cover their faces from the deadly swine flu outbreak.
A 35 year-old woman and her 15 year-old brother tried to sell 1,000 face masks outside a subway station and near a hospital for 50 pesos each, which is about $4 US.
In pharmacies they are sold for about two pesos each in packs, but so many have sold out since the swine flu outbreak killed about 68 people in Mexico.
"They'd managed to sell a few, but we received a complaint and we took them before a judge," Reforma's online edition quoted a police spokesman as saying.
Many people in Mexico City are not even going out of their homes and are instead staying at home and trying to not come in to contact with people.