NBC Evening News for Monday, Apr 17, 1978
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(Studio) Victimizing of Americans who move from one home to another. is subject of item.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Florida) Cocoa Beach, Florida, film of damage to items of Mrs. Caroline Walker shown. [WALKER - displays damaged items. Was heart broken.] ICC said getting many complaints with regard to household movers, include fraud chgs. against movers. Overcharging noted as especially serious. San Jose, California, ICC film of "weight bumping" shown. Extraneous items said loaded on truck to up weight. Weight bumping said $20 million annual fraud. [American Movers Conf. Welby FRANTZ - calls it rare.] [Moving van driver Grant URHAMMER - admits bumping loads.] Washington, DC film shown. Interstate Commerce Commission said to have ignored complaints. [Interstate Commerce Commission chairman Daniel O'NEAL - predicts crackdown.] Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, film shown. Sol LoPiccolo family featured as objects of overcharge. [Annette LoPICCOLO - cites furniture items chgd. for, but not theirs.] [Sol LoPICCOLO - chgs. fraud.] Unloading of LoPiccolo furniture filmed. Weight found upped by 8,000 pounds, $1,400. Pan American moving company truck filmed. Local movers blamed. Situation summarized.
REPORTER: Brian Ross