The price of a California grocery store’s cake has increased as it comes under increasing scrutiny in a new investigation by the state’s consumer protection agency.
The cost of a cake in California has increased since March to $2.39, a 25 percent increase over the previous quarter.
In addition, a portion of sales at one of the state, K-Mart, increased by 20 percent over the same period, the California Attorney General’s Office said in a statement Monday.
The increase is a result of the investigation, which focused on whether a K-mart worker in North Hills, Calif., improperly billed customers for a cake and bakery items in order to make a profit.
The employee was suspended and the company has since been notified of the findings, the AG’s office said.
The K-Marts investigation comes amid a spike in food stamp usage in the U.S. and is part of a nationwide crackdown by the U