Over the weekend, the news of a man who stockpiled 17,700 bottles of hand sanitizer went viral because everyone despised him for hoarding life-saving supplies and trying to capitalize on a pandemic. After getting destroyed online after the New York Times piece was published, Matt Colvin attempted to atone for his actions by donating the massive amount of hand sanitizer. However, he still could be in trouble from the Tennessee attorney general.
Matt Colvin and his brother traveled around to various retailers in Tennessee and Kentucky to amass as many bottles of hand sanitizer they could collect. They stored their hand sanitizer stash in their garage in Hixson, Tennessee. The brothers sold 300 bottles on Amazon for as much as $70 apiece. Amazon and eBay kicked off Colvin for price-gouging the hand sanitizer as well as medical face masks for $50.
Colvin attempted to make things better after getting torn apart on Amazon for his greedy actions during a viral infection outbreak. Colvin donated two-thirds of his stash to a church in Tennessee, and the rest will be delivered to a group in Kentucky.
“It was never my intention to keep necessary medical supplies out of the hands of people who needed them,” Colvin told the NYT on Sunday.
“That’s not who I am as a person,” Colvin said as he broke down in tears.
On Thursday, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee declared a state of emergency, which included an anti-price-gouging law.
“We will not tolerate price gouging in this time of exceptional need, and we will take aggressive action to stop it,” Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III said in a statement on Saturday night.
But Matt Colvin isn’t off the hook just because he donated the health supplies.
“I just want to make clear that donating the sanitizers does not mean they are off the hook legally. If evidence establishes they engaged in price gouging we will seek appropriate penalties,” said Samantha Fisher, Director of Communications, for the Tennessee Attorney General.
Hate to see it.